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2016 - No. 3 July - September 2016

Event Report

President and Ambassador’s

Farewell

Industry Focus: Intelligent Transport Systems

GoGet Carshare, Monash University, Transport for NSW

DB Engineering & Consulting, Giesecke & Devrient, ITS Australia

German-Australian Chamber of of Industry and and Commerce (AHK) (AHK)


Upcoming Events

Events range from workshops & seminars to

roundtable discussions, receptions to largescale

conferences. Some events are open to

the public, while others are only accessible

for members. Our speakers include top-level

industry experts, leading government representatives

and inspiring thought leaders.

July 2016

Dear Members

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27/07

Christmas in July

Place: Sydney

Christmas in July

Place: Melbourne

Thank you as always for picking up our Business

News to stay informed about what’s

happening in the German-Australian business

world. We are always striving to bring

you the best and most relevant content and

would love your feedback by filling out a

short online survey.

The past weeks have been filled with uncertainty

that has put the world’s markets

firmly in its grip. The outcome of Australia’s

federal election is not as clear as many have

hoped for and will pose challenges in getting

some legislation approved, particularly in the

Senate. We hope that this does not affect

free trade agreement decisions, especially in

regards to the upcoming Australia-EU FTA

negotiations. As our Honorary President Andrew

Mackenzie has outlined in The Australian

on 11 July, free trade is “fundamentally

important to create economic growth, jobs

and geopolitical stability”. The Chamber is

actively engaging with all sides of politics to

remind them about the importance of comprehensive

free trade agreements, a priority

for our members, and the many FTA benefits

such as the creation and protection of jobs.

In addition to other risks, political instability

is also threatening Australia’s triple-A credit

rating.

The European Union is facing similar uncertainty

as it comes to grips with Britain’s vote

to leave the EU, while the US is in the midst

of a hotly contested election campaign.

The Chamber has been going through much

more positive change over the past month as

we farewelled our incredible President, Lucy

Turnbull, and have started a new chapter

with Andrew Mackenzie, CEO of BHP Billiton,

taking over her legacy.

In Canberra we saw Ambassador Mueller

bid his farewell to Australia and the Foreign

Service as he enters a well-deserved retirement.

He will be succeeded by Ambassador

Dr. Anna Prinz who will also become the

German Chamber’s Patron. We look forward

to welcoming Ambassador Prinz at our annual

gala in Sydney on September 16.

We also welcomed a new Honorary Consul

in Queensland, Dr. Michael Rosemann,

who will continue to promote the German-

Queensland relationship with the same energy

as his predecessor Dr. Michael Schuetz.

Kind Regards,

Kristian Wolf

Executive Director

German-Australian Chamber of Industry

and Commerce

August 2016

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September 2016

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Young Executive Forum

Place: Sydney

4th Annual Gala Dinner

Place: Sydney

If you are interested in one or more events

please contact:

Sydney

Melbourne

Government Grants & Assistance

Place: Melbourne

After-hours Networking at BMW

Place: Sydney

Evening Forum

Place: Sydney

Young Executive Forum

Place: Melbourne

Lars Mehlan

Director - Events & Marketing

T: (02) 8296 0444

E: lars.mehlan@germany.org.au

Caroline Stapleton

Manager - Events & Training

T: (03) 9027 5618

E: caroline.stapleton@germany.org.au

www.germany.org.au

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Content Highlights

Events and News

Policy Update ................................................................................................................................................................ pages 4

Annual General Meeting & Economic Outlook 2016 ........................................................... pages 6 - 7

Industry & Policy Dinner ............................................................................................................................ page 7

CeBIT Australia - VIP Tour of the German Pavilion ................................................................. page 8

Trade delegation on Industry 4.0 to Germany .............................................................................................. page 10

After Hours Networking at BMW ................................................................................................................. pages 11

President and Ambassador’s Farewell ........................................................................................................ pages 12 - 13

Evening Forum: Energy, Innovation & Investment............................................................................................... page 14

Webinar recap: Market entrance into Australia .............................................................................................. page 15

Australia & Germany - Cooperation towards a sustainable energy future ......................................... page 16

The Perfect Split - Bauma and LNG 18 ................................................................................................................ page 18

AHK on Demand: ‘Chains ‘Made in Germany’ for over 90 years’, KETTENWULF .................................. page 19

Industry focus: Intelligent Transport Systems

‘NSW Future Transport’, TRANSPORT FOR NSW...................................................................................... pages 20 - 21

‘Sharing and the Smarter City’, GOGET CARSHARE................................................................................ pages 22 - 23

‘Connected and automated vehicles making Australian roads safer’, ITS AUSTRALIA ................... page 24

German railway know-how Down Under’, DB ENGINEERING & CONSULTING ........................... pages 26 - 27

‘Passenger Movement in and around Public Transport, MONASH UNIVERSITY ........................... pages 28 - 29

‘Public Transport: Convenient and Secure Fare Collection, GIESECKE & DEVRIENT......................... pages 30 - 31

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NEWS

GACIC

Policy Update

Since the first Policy Update in the last Business

News, important developments have

happened, both in the German-Australian

Chamber’s policy work as well as in the wider

Australia-Germany relationship.

It has been disappointing to see that the

German bid for Australia’s future submarines

has not been selected. However, this

large project represents only a small part

of the German-Australian relationship and

there are very positive developments in

many other areas. One of those other areas

is the implementation progress of the 59

recommendations of the Australia-Germany

Advisory Group (AGAG). With the support

of member companies and especially the

dedicated group of professionals forming

the new German-Australian Chamber Policy

Advisory Committee, we have been able to

progress the important, complex discussion

about the recognition of skills and qualification;

this links Australian companies to

global supply chains, commercialisation of

research and furthermore Australian expertise

to the global Industry 4.0 developments.

The German-Australian Chamber highly values

the work done by the members of the

new Policy Advisory Committee, especially

in regard to the AGAG-recommendations

and in the lead-up to negotiations for the

Australia-EU Free Trade Agreement (FTA).

In regard to this FTA, the Chamber has prepared

a formal joint submission to the European

Commission together with the Association

of German Chambers of Commerce

and Industry (DIHK) and the New Zealand

German Business Association. This was done

because the European Commission will conduct

parallel negotiations with Australia and

New Zealand and there are many common

issues facing the German-Australian and

German-New Zealand business communities.

Following the Chamber’s formal submission

to DFAT, we are continuing the discussions

to raise tariff and non-tariff trade

barriers particularly relevant for mediumsized

enterprises (“Mittelstand”).

In regard to the very important Asia-Pacific

Conference of German Business (APK 2016,

Hong Kong) in November mentioned in the

last Policy Update, we are delighted that

Senator the Hon Mathias Cormann is confirmed

as a speaker and that further Australian

speakers are invited. You should not miss

the opportunity to participate in the key discussions

about Asia-Pacific business trends

and German innovation. Join the Australian

delegation; you are invited to express your

interest to participate online (click on the

slider on the German-Australian Chamber’s

website to get to the registration page).

The Chamber is also discussing with the Department

of Immigration and Border Protection

about the “Australian Trusted Trader”

program that was launched on 1 July and

can provide administrative benefits for some

import and export businesses. Further information

will be distributed to relevant member

companies over the coming weeks.

Written by Dr Michael Zettinig, GACIC

Business Luncheon with Sabine Sparwasser

On Friday, 8 April, the German-Australian

Chamber held a high-level luncheon and

round-table discussion at Hotel InterContinental

Sydney, on the occasion of Ambassador

Sabine Sparwasser’s visit to Australia.

Supported by thyssenkrupp Marine Systems

Australia (tKMSA), the luncheon also featured

key speaker The Hon. Stuart Ayres MP,

NSW Minister for Trade, Tourism and Events

and Minister for Sport. The topic for the

day’s luncheon and roundtable was Strategic

Relations to Asia – the German and the

Australian Approach.

For context, Ambassador Sparwasser is a

representative of the German Federal Foreign

Office, and holds the position of Director

General for Africa, Asia, Latin America

and Near and Middle East, as well as Special

Representative of the Federal Government

for Afghanistan and Pakistan. Minister Ayres

was elected to the NSW Legislative Assembly

on June 19, 2010, representing the

electorate of Penrith. Since his election, he

has held the positions of Deputy Government

Whip and Parliamentary Secretary for

Western Sydney, among other roles. Both

key speakers were therefore ideal for a discussion

of the region and the economic and

cultural benefits that lie before us.

The Ambassador described the Asia-Pacific

region’s potential for further collaboration

and engagement. With specific regard

to Australia, she touched on the great opportunities

that lie ahead for the Australian

Government in pushing the transition to

more diverse, technological and scientific

industries. Australia’s submarine and frigate

projects, she explained, are great opportunities

for Germany to establish long-term security

and to create stronger foreign policy

relationships and strategic partnerships. In

addition, Ambassador Sparwasser discussed

the Defence White Paper, the innovation of

German Mittelstand and digital transformation

in Australia.

two relatively small yet prosperous nations,

have a responsibility to tell people within

their own borders and beyond about the extensive

benefits of free trade. Central to this

effort is the need to embed a new culture of

collaboration around the globe.

At the end of Minister Ayres’s presentation,

all attendees took the chance to ask

questions of both key speakers, also sharing

their views on the achievements of the bilateral

relationship, broader relations within

the Asia-Pacific region and what work still

needs to be done.

We at the Chamber would like to thank our

key speakers Ambassador Sparwasser and

Minister Ayres for their contributions on the

day. Furthermore, we would like to express

our gratitude to Philip Stanford. Finally, we

thank all of our attendees, whose participation

ensured a fruitful discussion, further

proving the high-level engagement taking

place in the German-Australian bilateral relationship.

Written by Martin Feld, GACIC

The invited VIP attendees and speakers arrived

at the InterContinental’s Albert Room,

first enjoying fine beverages and the chance

to meet and greet. Kristian Wolf welcomed

the special guests and speakers, thanking

tKMSA for its kind support of the event, and

invited Ambassador Sparwasser to begin her

presentation.

At the conclusion of Ambassador Sparwasser’s

presentation, Minister Ayres opened

his speech with positive news of growth in

NSW, stating that 2016 is the 26th consecutive

year of growth for the state, and more

broadly the 25th year of growth for Australia

as a whole. This connected to a discussion

of the virtues of free trade. Minister Ayres

explained that Australia and Germany, as

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Q2 2016 Events

Establishing a global tech start up with consideration to cultural differences

What an enjoyable evening it was when on

Thursday, 05 May the German-Australian

Chamber and Dr Peter Moar from the La

Trobe University invited our young executives

members and friends for a promising

evening forum at the La Trobe University

facilities in Melbourne. The evening was

mainly focused on the establishment of

global tech start-ups with the consideration

on how to overcome cultural differences in

general and especially between Australia

and Germany.

two to three years drastically decreases cultural

misperceptions.

“If you want to maximise your chances of

success you must speak the language and

culture of the country – you understand me

I trust you” – Dr Peter Moar, La Trobe University

And last but not least all guests shared their

entertaining and sometimes not so funny

anecdotes about their experience working

with Germans and/or Australians.

Roughly 20 participants attended the Young

Executive Forum at the La Trobe University

and listened to Dr Peter Moar, who is the

Research Fellow & Entrepreneur in Residence.

During the presentation we not only

learned about the position and meaning of

Australia and particularly Melbourne as a

location for business compared to the U.S.

and Europe. Furthermore Dr Peter Moar

shared important tips and his experiences

on how to successfully overcome cultural

challenges when establishing a global tech

start up. His experience showed that the

exchange of employees across countries for

It is safe to say, that it was an informative

and relaxing evening with a lively Q&A session

accompanied by refreshing beverages

and canapes and members and friends enjoyed

the evening well beyond the advertised

closing time.

The German-Australian Chamber would like

to express our sincere thanks to our event

partner La Trobe University and Dr Peter

Moar for sharing his knowledge and making

this a highly interesting and enjoyable

event.

Written by Jessica Brendel, GACIC

YEF Sydney @ KPMG

Panel Discussion: Tackling food waste in an affluent society

In Australia, approximately 8 to 10 billion

dollars of food is wasted each year in commercial

and residential waste whilst almost

800 million people worldwide do not have

their basic food needs met. The German-

Australian Chamber was delighted to welcome

its members and friends for a panel

discussion on Wednesday 6 April.

As part of our Young Executive Forum’s Professional

Speaker Series, we had not only

the great pleasure, but also the extraordinary

opportunity to hear from five experts

in the field of food waste and sustainability

talking about the current food waste situation

in Australia as well as possible food

waste reduction strategies.

George Svinos (KPMG head of retail sector),

moderated the panel discussion, Prof Veena

Sahajwalla (Director of the Centre for Sustainable

Materials Research and Technology

at UNSW), Dr Amardeep Wander (Environmental

Scientist A.Prince Consulting),

Domenic Ammendolia (National General

Manager of Eco Farms) and Amanda Kane

(NSW Environment Protection Authority)

accounted for an insightful evening with

lots of valuable information for our young

executives to absorb.

The event was kindly hosted by KPMG

(who offered the outstanding venue with

an amazing view over Darling Harbour and

who provided a delicious cheese platter) the

event attracted about 30 guests to join our

discussion. The panellists and guests discussed

strategies in order to reduce food

waste in the future and came up with a lot

of fruitful contributions and creative ideas.

We would like to thank our great panel

members for contributing to this successful

evening and for strengthening awareness

about such a current and important topic,

as well as our guests for posing with their

questions and KPMG for hosting the event.

We promise that we took the cheese leftovers

home with us instead of wasting them!

We look forward to seeing you at one of our

upcoming events, so stay tuned!

Written by Carina Knipping, GACIC

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Annual General Meeting &

Economic Outlook 2016

The German-Australian Chamber welcomed

roughly 90 members for our AGM & Economic

Outlook, which was kindly hosted

by Deutsche Bank in Melbourne on 19 May

2016.

At the AGM the Chamber re-elected and

expanded the current board with five very

experienced Executives. The new Honorary

President, Mr Andrew Mackenzie, CEO

of BHP Billiton, was also elected on the

day. We had the great pleasure of enjoying

inspiring presentations, first by our host,

Deutsche Bank Australia, Chief Economist

Mr Adam Boyton, followed by our incoming

President and CEO of BHP Billiton, Mr Andrew

Mackenzie.

It was a real privilege and honour to listen to

Adam Boyton and his expertise, particularly

about the budget’s implications on business

and trade.

We were inspired by Andrew Mackenzie’s insights;

he shared about his advocacy of free

trade, his personal ties with Germany, and

his second-to-none understanding of what

is still one of the most relevant industries

in this country. Already at this early point of

his tenure it is clear that his presidency will

be of tremendous value to the Chamber and

its members.

At the AGM, the German-Australian Chamber

also re-elected all current board members

and expanded the Board with four

very experienced executives: Dr Wolfgang

Babeck, Heidi Krebs, Tobias Marchand and

John Ruthven. All board members were also

elected unanimously.

Prof. Dr. h.c. Wolfgang Babeck

has been an officer

of the AHK since 2009 and

served as its chairman in

2012/2013. Wolfgang is a

solicitor and notary in New South Wales,

solicitor in England & Wales and Rechtsanwalt

in Germany. As Partner of German Law

firm Buse Heberer Fromm and for Australian

law firm DibbsBarker, he advises companies

in cross-border transactions and dispute

resolutions. Wolfgang lectures international

law at Bond University, has authored a

number of books and is the Chairman of the

International Law Section of the Law Council

of Australia.

Heidi Krebs is the Director

of Business Development

at Cablex Pty, Australia’s

leading, globally recognised

manufacturer of custom cables

and harness assemblies.

She is also co-owner of this

Australian manufacturing company that

can be seen as the Australian equivalent of

a typical German “Mittelstand” company.

Heidi has over 27 years’ experience in contract

manufacturing environments. Heidi’s

responsibilities include Global Business

Development and Marketing and she is a

member of the Australian Institute of Company

Directors. In June 2015 Heidi accepted

Employer of the Year Award on behalf of

Cablex at the “Women in Industry Awards”.

Tobias Marchand is the

Senior Bayer Representative

and Managing Director

of Bayer CropScience. Bayer

is one of Germany’s largest

companies and an international,

research-based

group with major businesses in health care

and nutrition. He has been in his current

role since March 2015 and he joined Bayer

as part of its business management training

program in 1982, before gaining experience

throughout Bayer’s global operations.

John Ruthven is President

and Managing Director,

SAP Australia and New

Zealand. SAP is the German

software powerhouse

and the market leader in enterprise application

software. The company is also strongly

engaged in the development of Industry 4.0

applications. John Ruthven has more than

20 years’ experience in the IT industry and in

local, regional and global functions across

management and sales operations.

We would like to express our sincerest

thanks to Mr Steven Skala AO and Deutsche

Bank for hosting the AGM & Economic Outlook

in Melbourne.

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After the AGM it appears safe to say that

the German-Australian Chamber of Industry

and Commerce is in a better position than

ever to be the relevant facilitator of bilateral

business in this country. Membership

numbers and revenue continue to rise, the

relevance, quality and number of our events

are likewise going from strength to strength,

the consulting team continues to perform

strongly, and with our expansion into policy

advocacy we have made the portfolio of

Chamber services even more comprehensive.

Industry & Policy Dinner

with Sem Fabrizi, EU

Ambassador to Australia

What do German companies in Australia

and other members of the German-Australian

business community expect from

an Australia-European Union Free Trade

Agreement? What are the areas of key

interest and concern and how are the expectations

of medium-sized “Mittelstand”

companies different of those of large companies?

The round-table discussion was also attended

by the German Ambassador to Australia,

Dr Christoph Müller, who addressed

the participants, and by Michael Pearce SC,

the German Honorary Consul-General to

Victoria. Minister Dalidakis explained the

strong Victorian government support for

advanced manufacturing industries and

the general bipartisan tradition to support

free trade agreements.

With this strong offering and a likewise

strong team both in Melbourne and in Sydney,

the future for German-Australian business

at the Chamber is looking bright. Or -

as our Prime Minister put it recently - there

has never been a better time to be involved

in German-Australian business relations.

Written by Dr Michael Zettinig and

Jessica Brendel, GACIC

Head to YouTube for a statement

by Andrew Mackenzie, the new

President of the German-Australian

Chamber

Channel: German-Australian

Chamber of Industry and Commerce

Those were just some of the many questions

discussed at a high-level round-table

discussion and dinner that the German-

Australian Chamber hosted on 18 May

2016 in Melbourne. We were delighted to

welcome two outstanding speakers to the

event: H.E. Sem Fabrizi, EU Ambassador to

Australia and New Zealand; and the Hon

Philip Dalidakis MP, Victorian Minister for

Small Business, Innovation and Trade, who

discussed with members of the German-

Australian Chamber after their introductory

remarks.

The energetic discussion covered all key

areas in the lead-up to negotiations for an

Australia-EU Free Trade Agreement (FTA)

and global FTA developments. It was also

discussed that, beside tariffs, a large number

of non-tariff barriers need to be addressed

in the negotiations, including skills

recognition and work visa access for specialists.

Another issue of great interest was

the Luxury Car Tax that is seen as a tax

on safety, innovation and environmental

technology. Of further great interest was

the reduction of red tape, especially for

“Mittelstand” medium-sized companies

and the wine equalisation tax. Another

area of discussion was the FTA-process

and when the start of the negotiations can

be expected.

The invitation-only discussion was chaired

by the German-Australian Chamber’s Executive

Director Kristian Wolf and it took

place in the beautiful setting of Restaurant

No 35 on the 35th floor of the Sofitel

Melbourne and was accompanied by an

excellent dinner.

The German-Australian Chamber would

like to thank key speakers, H.E. Sem Fabrizi,

EU Ambassador to Australia and New

Zealand, and the Hon Philip Dalidakis MP,

Victorian Minister for Small Business, Innovation

and Trade, and distinguished

guests. Everyone’s strong interest in the

important topic of the possible future

Australia-EU FTA became obvious through

the highly engaged debate. The German-

Australian Chamber will continue to provide

updates about the FTA developments

and will continue to be an active voice for

all stakeholders on behalf of the German-

Australian business community.

Written by Dr Michael Zettinig

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EVENTS Q2 2016

New Member Breakfast -

Sydney & Melbourne

More than 100 new members have enriched

the German-Australian Chamber network

in 2015 and 2016. Therefore, the Chamber

was delighted to welcome its new members

with a delicious breakfast, both in Sydney

and Melbourne.

In Sydney, the Chamber team warmly welcomed

the new members in the exclusive

ambience of the Amora Hotel Jamison.

About 20 of our new members in NSW came

together on the morning of Wednesday, 13

April. While enjoying a full-plated breakfast

including poached eggs, Danish pastries and

fresh fruit, our guests took the chance to

get to know each other’s businesses, gain an

impression of the Chamber’s work and make

some valuable business contacts with other

new Chamber members.

Kristian Wolf, Executive Director of the

Chamber, offered an interesting insight into

the Chamber’s role in the German-Australian

business community.

We were very honoured when Michael

Kersch, Partner at our long-time Premium

Partner Accru Felsers, kindly reported on his

very positive membership experience over

the years. All guests then had the opportunity

to present their businesses and distinguish

current, business-related topics.

Our Melbourne team warmly welcomed the

new members in Victoria one week later

at the International Chamber House. Over

buns with scrambled eggs, banana cake and

fresh fruit, Tina Thoms, Membership Director

of the Chamber and Jessica Brendel, Event

Manager in our Melbourne branch, gave an

overview regarding the Chamber’s work, the

benefits of the membership as well as exciting

upcoming events in Melbourne and

Sydney.

We sincerely hope our new members enjoyed

spending the morning with us, be it in Sydney

or in Melbourne. We appreciated the opportunity

to welcome you into our network,

get an impression of your various businesses

and look forward to a long-lasting member

relationship.

We hope to see you soon at one of our upcoming

events!

Written by Jessica Brendel and

Carina Knipping, GACIC

CeBIT Australia - VIP Tour of the German Pavilion and

Reception of the German Consulate General in Sydney

CeBIT Australia is the exclusive forum for

Australasia’s information and telecommunication

industry and the essential showcase

for the industry with all related products,

services and technologies. In its 15th year,

CeBIT continues to be the only business

technology event platform that brings business,

government and industry together.

Supported by the German Federal Ministry

for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) and

in cooperation with the Association of the

German Trade Fair Industry (AUMA), more

than 10 German companies had the opportunity

to present their excellent products at

the German Pavilion this year.

On Tuesday 3 May, the German Consulate

General, Hannover Fairs, BITKOM and the

German-Australian Chamber of Industry

and Commerce were delighted to welcome

an exclusive group of 20 participants to a

guided tour of the German Pavilion.

The exhibitors offered an insight into their

renowned services in the fields of IT consulting,

IT services and solutions, communication

systems as well as e-government and

web applications. The range of ingenious

products presented at the German Pavilion

was almost overwhelming: innovative hardware

as well as software solutions, the latest

FinTech services and applications in the field

of modern Web 2.0 technologies.

After the group had arrived at the German

Pavilion, Hannover Fairs Australia showcased

highlights of the CeBIT Australia 2016

show floor, from the latest image-scanning

technology to soccer-playing robots, virtual

reality glasses and 3D-printing systems.

The tour was followed by an exclusive reception

in the VIP area. Consul General Lothar

Freischlader welcomed the guests and

distinguished Germany’s pioneering role in

the information and telecommunication industry.

The afternoon continued with drinks,

delicious canapés and networking.

The German-Australian Chamber of Industry

and Commerce would like to thank the German

Consulate General, Hannover Fairs and

BITKOM for this unique opportunity to gain

an insight into CeBIT 2016.

Written by Carina Knipping, GACIC

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Gala

Dinner

Friday,

16 September

2016

Held in the elegant rooms of InterContinental Hotel

Sydney and with award-winning entertainment acts, this

night promises to be one of the highlights of the year.

Take the opportunity to mix, mingle and network with the German-Australian business

community at this high-class flagship event. The Annual Gala Dinner is the

perfect setting to relax and enjoy yourself together with colleagues and clients.

Book your table or single tickets now!

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Industry 4.0 has arrived

on the global agenda –

Trade delegation on

Industry 4.0 to Germany

Back in November of last year the Australia-

Germany Advisory Group set the stage for

the trade delegation with one of their key

recommendations to initiate a collaborative

approach to the development of global

Industry 4.0 standards. 18 representatives

from industry, academia, research institutes,

and associations as well as the Australian

Advanced Manufacturing Council (AAMC)

were led by Executive Director of GACIC,

Kristian Wolf, to travel around Germany

from 24 – 29 April 2016 to experience the

industrial revolution first-hand. The aim was

to support Australia’s transition to a new

economy and seek global collaboration.

A visit to BMW World in Munich, including

a tour of the highly automated production

facilities, kicked off the trip. The Siemens

plant in Amberg was next on the agenda.It

is probably today’s most modern production

facilities, and impressed the group by being

fast, flexible and highly efficient – one of

the reasons manufacturing in a high-wage

country like Germany is still very much alive

and kicking.

The high-speed ICE train took the group

to Hannover to attend Hannover Fair - the

world’s leading Trade Fair for industrial

Technology. Both SAP and Siemens showcased

the latest developments on their impressive

trade booths, with the integrated

automation tool from Siemens, TIA portal,

helping companies around the globe to realise

Digital Enterprise, a definite highlight

that attracted big crowds.

Jeff Connolly, Chairman and CEO of Siemens

Australia and New Zealand, led ‘The

Prime Ministers’ Industry 4.0 Taskforce’, in a

round-table discussion to connect with the

German ‘Plattform Industrie 4.0’ and the US

‘Industrial Internet Consortium’.

“The best way for Australia to punch above its

weight globally in business as it does in sport

is to think global and leverage the relationships

and strengths of global partners. And

there is no better place to do this than Hannover

Fair, which is a fulcrum for technology

and innovation”, Mr Connolly said.

A dinner in Berlin with the Australian Ambassador

to Germany, The Hon. David Ritchie

AO, as well as members of the German parliament

led by Volkmar Klein (MdB), gave

plenty of room to deepen the relationship

between Australia and Germany. The delegation

concluded with a visit of Siemens

headquarters and Dynamowerk on Friday,

followed by one last dinner. Rumour has it

that everybody gained at least one kilo per

day.

The GACIC will continue to support and

connect Australian companies to the German

stakeholders and if you are interested

in learning more about the industrial revolution

‘Industrie 4.0’ please contact:

Birgit Tegethoff

Director - Consulting Services

( (02) 8296 0455

birgit.tegethoff@germany.org.au

Refer a new member

to the Chamber

and receive a

Optics Voucher!

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After-hours Networking

- BMW Australia

On Thursday, 26 May the German-Australian

Chamber of Industry and Commerce was

delighted to welcome members and friends

to a truly special launch at BMW Australia.

About 40 attendees followed the invitation

to spend their Thursday evening surrounded

by luxury cars in a fantastic setting. It was

a pleasure to have two of our board members

among the guests, Bernd Portugall from

Winder Controls Australia and Gavin Smith

from Bosch Australia.

The group was welcomed by Marc-Heinrich

Werner, CEO of BMW Australia who announced

that our event was the first one to

take place at BMW Australia’s newly renovated

headquarter in Mulgrave. Moreover, he

introduced a special offer for the Chamber’s

members: access to the BMW Advantage

programme at Platinum level, which provides

many benefits with the purchase of a

new BMW.

“Only one car can’t be here today

– the m2. It’s so popular that

even I can’t get a hold of it, so

better be quick to order one.”

Marc-Heinrich Werner,

CEO of BMW Australia

Tina Thoms, Membership Director of the

German-Australian Chamber of Industry and

Commerce, addressed the group and thanked

BMW Australia for hosting the event. Tina,

known as a car enthusiast, couldn’t hide her

excitement being up close to BMW’s luxury

cars. She recounted her experience driving in

BMW’s m3 on Philip Island and stated her

admiration for this car. Last but not least,

she thanked BMW Australia for the longlasting

partnership. BMW Australia has been

a member with the Chamber since 1978,

which is almost since the beginning of the

German Chamber in Australia.

“Welcome to the future of

motoring.”

Tina Thoms,

Membership Director of the

German-Australian Chamber

After the introduction the guests enjoyed

an informative presentation about the displayed

cars by Shawn Ticehurst and Alex

Brockhoff. The showroom displayed 7 beautiful

BMW cars, among others the fully

electronic i3, the supercar hybrid i8 and the

m3. In special admiration was the new 7 series

with its elegant design and innovative

technology. The carbon core makes it lighter

and subsequently faster and more efficient.

Furthermore, it’s the first car with a control

panel which reacts to hand gestures.

The presentation concluded with an invitation

to have a closer look and to enter the

cars. Lively conversations among the guests

around the cars evolved, followed by networking

with drinks and delicious canapes.

However, the evening did not end there as

BMW Australia had another surprise planned

for the guests: a business card raffle for driving

any displayed car for one weekend. The

lucky winner was Viviane Smits from Polyglot

who couldn’t believe her luck in winning

the prize one day before her birthday.

BMW Australia and the German-Australian

Chamber of Industry and Commerce say

happy birthday!

The German-Australian Chamber of Industry

and Commerce would like to thank their guests

for attending this exceptional evening.

We would like to express our sincere thanks

to our event partner BMW Australia for

hosting such an excellent event.

Written by Jessica Brendel, GACIC

“The event was INCREDIBLY good.

Great ambience, excellent catering.

I must confess, best event on

which I was so far. Prestigious

cars and a little bling bling, simply

WOW.”

Annika Steketee,

Senior Manager at Ernst & Young

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President and

Ambassador’s Farewell

On Wednesday, 15 June, the German-Australian

Chamber had the great pleasure of

hosting a farewell for Former Chamber President

Ms Lucy Hughes Turnbull AO and German

Ambassador to Australia H.E. Dr Christoph

Müller. Taking place at the beautiful

Chiswick function room at the Art Gallery

of New South Wales, this special event was

made possible with the kind support of the

Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Ms Turnbull and Dr Müller are two very influential

figures who have done much to improve

and build on the German-Australian

bilateral relationship.

The afternoon’s proceedings began at 3:00

pm, with invited guests walking through the

gallery up to the exclusive Chiswick function

area. Adjacent to the gallery’s restaurant,

the room has floor-to-ceiling windows

with stunning views over Woolloomooloo.

All attendees were welcomed upon arrival

and registration by Chamber staff, who then

moved into the event space to enjoy canapes

and beverages. Networking and mingling

began immediately, with guests of the

Chamber member company network and the

Embassy keen to meet.

officially welcome everyone, with particular

mention of the special guests, the President

and the Ambassador. Kristian expressed

genuine appreciation on behalf of the entire

Chamber, thanking both individuals for their

combined efforts over a number of years.

Following this, Kristian welcomed Minister

Cormann to the stage.

Minister Cormann gave an engaging speech

about the achievements of Ms Turnbull and

Dr Müller, with particular regard to German-

Australian relations and the establishment

of the Australia-Germany Advisory Group.

Following Minister Cormann’s presentation,

Kristian Wolf returned to welcome Prime

Minister Malcolm Turnbull to the stage. Mr

Turnbull spoke with great sincerity about

the importance of the German-Australian

bilateral relationship and the valuable

contributions made by German companies

and individuals in Australia. Furthermore,

he detailed his personal pride in his wife’s

achievements and in all that she has done

within and beyond the German-Australian

business community. It was a heartfelt

speech, and the Prime

Minister was rightly

emotional in describing

the respect and

love that he has for

his wife.

After the Prime Minister’s

speech, the

Chairman of the

Chamber Board, Mr

Ron Koehler, made his

way up to the lectern

and joked about the

pressure of following the Prime Minister

at such an event. In his speech, Mr Koehler

then went into further detail about the numerous

achievements of Ms Turnbull and Dr

Müller in their respective roles as President

and Patron of the Chamber.

Some of Ms Turnbull’s achievements include

being the first female Mayor of Sydney, becoming

an Officer of the Order of Australia

and receiving an honorary Doctorate of

Business from the University of New South

Wales.

During this time, the Chamber was privileged

to welcome Prime Minister Malcolm

Turnbull, Minister Mathias Cormann and

Former NSW Governor Dame Marie Bashir,

all of whom were well-received and began

discussions with various attendees.

At 3:30 pm, the Chamber’s Executive Director,

Kristian Wolf, moved to the lectern to

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Ambassador Dr Müller has also enjoyed a

long and illustrious career, spanning political

and diplomatic roles in Germany, Zimbabwe,

China, Switzerland, Belgium, Peru and

Australia. Ms Turnbull and Dr Müller have

also been consistently involved in many of

our flagship events, including our Annual

Gala Dinner, President’s and New Year Receptions

and of course the Annual General

Meeting and Economic Outlook.

Concluding the first round of congratulatory

speeches, Ambassador Dr Müller then moved

to the stage to reflect on his time with the

Embassy and as the Patron of the Chamber.

At the end of his speech, he welcomed Ms

Turnbull to the stage to award her the Order

of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany

(Bundesverdienstkreuz der Bundesrepublik

Deutschland).

This award is a fantastic honour and recognises

great, prolonged service to Germany.

Ms Turnbull was thrilled to receive the

award, and followed the Ambassador with

her thanks and a brief reflection on her

time with the Chamber. Altogether, it was

wonderful to hear both of these celebrated

individuals share their thoughts, memories

and stories about the German-Australian

business community, and offer some insight

about where it is heading into the future.

Kristian Wolf brought the spoken segment

to a close, presenting gifts of appreciation

to Ms Turnbull and Dr Müller, namely flowers

and two beautiful pictorial books on Berlin

and Australian landscapes. Kristian then

welcomed the VIP attendees and Chamber

staff to gather for group photos.

The rest of the afternoon provided further

opportunity for networking and discussion,

with coffee, tea and even more delicious

canapes for the sweet tooths in the room,

including strawberry macarons with tarragon

and white chocolate, apple and hibiscus

crumble tarts and an irresistible espresso

chocolate tarts. As delicious as all of these

miniature desserts were, it appears that the

macaron received the biggest stamp of approval.

We at the Chamber would like to thank

everyone who took the time to participate

in this wondrous event. We are grateful

for all of the efforts made by our outgoing

President and the German Ambassador, and

feel that this was the perfect forum for the

German-Australian business community to

recognise and celebrate their contributions.

Last, we extend our deepest gratitude to our

additional VIP guests on the day, including

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Minister

Mathias Cormann and Former Governor

Dame Marie Bashir. Their participation

added a further dimension to the afternoon.

This was a farewell that will be remembered

for many years to come.

Written by Martin Feld, GACIC

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High-level

Luncheon with

Mr Stefan Rolle

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The German-Australian Chamber had the

pleasure of hosting a high-level luncheon at

Hilton Sydney, with special guest speaker Mr

Stefan Rolle of the Federal Ministry for Economic

Affairs and Energy (BMWi). We were

pleased to welcome a select number of VIP

attendees to this unique event.

Along with a delicious lunch and beverages,

guests had the opportunity to discuss the

industry with an expert official in a roundtable

context. Kicking off the discussion, Mr

Rolle provided a detailed, engaging overview

of global and German-market-based

developments in LNG.

Following his presentation, all attendees

participated actively in the roundtable. The

discussion revolved mainly around German

LNG supply and Australia’s growing capacity

for LNG production. On the German side,

LNG supply is safe, but it is useful to push for

further diversification of sources. With regard

to Australia, the country has massively

increased its LNG production capacity, but

so have other countries around the world,

including Qatar and the United States. Furthermore,

while the Australia-Germany Advisory

Group’s recommendations for possible

Australian LNG supplies to Germany are

interesting, it is unlikely that these supplies

will be exported, due to the aforementioned

competition and sufficient existing supplies

from Russia.

Altogether, the discussion was lively and all

attendees appreciated the opportunity to

dine and converse with an industrial and

governmental expert on LNG. The German-

Australian Chamber was pleased to facilitate

such a high-level luncheon, and would

like to thank Hilton Sydney for its fantastic

service on the day, as well as Mr Rolle, of

course, for taking the time to meet members

of the German-Australian business network.

Written by Martin Feld, GACIC

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Profibus Innovation Summit

On 25 May, members of the German-Australian

Chamber and beyond were treated

to an intriguing afternoon of discussion,

education and networking at Profibus Australia’s

Automation Summit. Altogether, 200

attendees absorbed numerous perspectives

from industry leaders and technical experts

on Australia’s digital economic future.

For some background, Profibus (Process Field

Bus) is an automation technology standard

for fieldbus communication, first publicised

in 1989 by the German Federal Ministry of

Education and Research, and later implemented

by German company Siemens. Fieldbus

technology refers to computer networks

used to control complex industrial assembly

lines, which is increasingly important as the

global economy enters the new revolution of

Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things.

The afternoon event was held at the Australian

Technology Park in Eveleigh, Sydney,

following the morning’s 2016 Profibus &

Profinet Global Forum. The park was a perfect

venue for the afternoon event, as it acts

as a diverse business hub for collaboration,

with university researchers and high-tech

start-ups across communications, consulting,

science, media and technology. Altogether

there are 100 tenants at the park.

Kicking off the afternoon’s proceedings,

Prof. Sam Bucolo gave an engaging presentation

on “Design Thinking” as an effective

way to encourage organisational innovation.

The methodology is highly systematic

and emphasises the need for goals, rather

than targeting specific problems; this enables

companies to explore numerous alternative

solutions at the same time.

Following the engineering discussion, Jennifer

Conley explained the importance of

local manufacturing industries. The message

was undoubtedly clear: while there is

often a focus on larger industrial centres, in

order for the nation to move forwards as a

whole, it must consider and appreciate the

contributions of local and regional areas.

Continuing the theme of smaller industrial

players, Daniel Boland outlined how small

and medium-sized businesses can integrate

innovative technical practices to grow and

become more adaptable.

After the presentations, the speakers came

together for a comprehensive panel discussion.

Along with a future-focused vision

from government, the panellists emphasised

the importance of manufacturing and mining.

Both industries can benefit greatly from

the Internet of Things and Industry 4.0.

The afternoon provided excellent insights

into where industrial innovation stands today,

as well as what we can look forward to

in the future. The greatest message, perhaps,

was the need for cooperation and consultation

across all industrial sectors and levels

of government. Only then, will Australia

be able to create a long-term vision for its

economy.

Written by Martin Feld, GACIC

Evening Forum: Energy, Innovation & Investment

On Tuesday 14 June, the German-Australian

Chamber was delighted to welcome its

guests to an Evening Forum hosted by Bird

& Bird in Sydney on the topic of Energy, Innovation

and Investment.

Kindly hosted in the stunning rooms of Bird

& Bird, and with delicious drinks and canapés,

an interesting outlook for investment

into Australia’s green economy was offered

by the panel of experts: Rod Simpson (Environment

Commissioner, Greater Sydney

Commission), Scott Taylor (Head of Living

Utilities, Lendlease), Gary Sofarelli (Director,

Foresight Group, London), Chloe Hicks (Energy

Investment & Export Support, NSW Department

of Industry), Jeff Oatman, (Director,

Green Building Council of Australia) and

Michelle Sichlau (Head of Power & Utilities

ANZ Bank) participated in the discussion.

The panel offered opinions from finance,

project development and policy perspectives,

with a particular focus on renewables,

energy management and intelligent solutions

for city planning. In this regard, Rod

Simpson highlighted the need for integrated

planning and collaboration between government

departments while being flexible

enough to allow for localised innovative solutions,

such as waste-to-energy plants of

which Gary Sofarelli said Germany already

had 10,000 in place. Jeff Oatman added that

Green Star is increasingly looking at the operational

performance and energy productivity

of existing building stock. Exemplary

for Australia is Adelaide’s Zero Carbon Plan,

said resident clean tech expert and scholar

John O’Brien, founder of the Australian

Clean Tech Network. Scott Taylor added that

property investors will drive investment in

green buildings, provided the government,

the states and the increasingly sustainability-conscious

knowledge economy are willing

to move in. Chloe Hicks concluded that

there are some interesting developments

to be witnessed on a state level, including

residential and commercial buyer groups for

electricity and the uptake of solar battery

storage coinciding with the end of the NSW

Solar Bonus Scheme in 2016.

Ken Cheung, Partner at Bird & Bird’s Singapore

office, concluded the evening by saying

that Asian investors are willing to invest in

Australia, provided stable policy frameworks

are being put in place and asked the audience,

what is the risk of not doing more to

invest in Australia’s green energy future?

The German-Australian Chamber of Industry

and Commerce would like to thank this outstanding

panel for the interesting discussion,

Bird & Bird for its generosity in hosting

this lively panel discussion, as well as the

guests for their participation.

Written by Anja Eulitz, GACIC and

Carina Knipping, GACIC

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Webinar recap:

Market entrance into Australia

through company incorporation

After a rather long absence of the Chamber’s

webinar series “Doing Business Down

Under”, it is time to reinitiate the platform,

which aims to provide German companies

with relevant, up-to-date information on

doing business in the Australian market.

Based on the enquiries that the DE Consulting

team at the GACIC receives on a daily

basis, we decided to hold a webinar once

again about what seems to be the most

important topic: market entrance through

company incorporation.

For this essential topic, we were delighted

to welcome Oliver Jankowsky, Partner at renowned

Australian business law firm (and

Premium Partner of the GACIC) Hall & Wilcox,

as a presenter. Being a fully qualified

lawyer in Germany and holding an Australian

attorney’s certificate, Oliver has accompanied

a plethora of German and European

clients who have entered the Australian

market. He therefore has the experience,

knowledge and right perspective to talk

about regulations and requirements.

Before focusing on the main topic of the

webinar, Oliver briefly mentioned alternative

market entrance strategies, such as secondment

of German staff to Australia for

market research purposes, cooperation with

local distribution partners and M&A and

joint ventures, all of which entail their own

specific regulations and potential pitfalls.

Subsequently, Oliver introduced two of the

common market entrance options, namely

company incorporation and establishment

of a subsidiary and also the registration and

establishment of a branch office.

Although both options are characterised

by advantages and disadvantages, Oliver

pointed out that most German companies

opt for the former strategy, since its advantages

outweigh the disadvantages as-

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sociated with a branch office. Surprisingly

for most German businesses is the fact that

a subsidiary in Australia can be registered

within 24 hours and does not require any

minimum paid-in capital. In contrast, incorporating

a company in Germany usually

takes more than 10 working days and requires

a minimum share capital of 25,000

Euro. Disadvantages that usually stop German

companies from entering via branch

office registration include the liability of

the German mother company (in case of

outstanding debts) and the disclosure of the

mother company’s annual accounts in Australia.

Following this, Oliver went into more

detail about the process of incorporating a

company, for example, the position of the

resident director.

We thank Oliver Jankowsky from our Premium

Partner Hall & Wilcox for sharing his

expertise and experience; the presentation

can be found on the DE Website. Stay tuned

for our upcoming webinars in the second

half of the year!

Seul-Gi Lee

Consultant Market Entry

( (02) 8296 0454

seul-gi.lee@germany.org.au

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Australia & Germany –

Cooperation towards a

sustainable energy future

For the second time since 2012, Melbourne

hosted a German trade delegation for energy

efficient building technologies from 6

to 10 June. The 2016 industry conference,

organised with the support of the German

Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and

Energy, the New Zealand-German Business

Association and eclareon GmbH in Berlin,

welcomed 80 guests interested in the German

renewable energy and green building

sectors. Six German companies were invited

to showcase their technologies and share

their experience.

The Merkel Government has recently approved

the next phase of Germany’s Renewable

Energy Act (EEG), which will initiate

a tender process for large scale solar and

wind projects. Minister for Energy and the

Economy, Sigmar Gabriel, calls the agreement

“a paradigm shift in the promotion of

renewable energy”. Germany is passionate

about promoting the targets, achievements

and challenges of its Energy Transition

policy (Energiewende) in markets abroad.

The policy focus is quite broad – relying on

renewable energy, energy efficiency and energy

demand management.

Therefore, the Melbourne conference was

aptly titled “Australia & Germany - Cooperation

towards a sustainable energy future”.

The German-Australian Chamber hopes that

the event helps strengthen the dialogue between

Australia and Germany on energy and

climate change related matters, following

up on the recently published Australia-Germany

Advisory Group Report “Collaboration,

Innovation and Opportunity”. The transfer of

energy expertise and the facilitation of international

cooperation are part of the “energy

solutions - made in Germany” initiative

around the globe.

Change and Suburban Development in Victoria.

In particular, Minister D’Ambrosio presented

the State Government’s Renewables

Energy Action Plan for renewable energy

investment, worth A$200 million initially,

and the New Energy Technologies Sector

Strategy to advance new clean energy technologies

and job creation. Victoria already

has 17 wind farms with a combined capacity

of 1,200 MW. The state is also looking to

further analyse the potential for solar in key

regions as well as domestic and commercial

battery storage solutions.

Dirk Kalusa, Head of Business Promotion

for Berlin-based eclareon GmbH, gave an

update on the German Energy Solutions

Initiative. Germany’s energy productivity

target is 2.1% per annum. The current

share of renewables for energy supply is

28% for electricity, 10% for heating and 5%

for transport. Germany aims to increase the

final energy consumption from renewables

from currently 13% to 18% until 2020. Mr

Kalusa noted that the share of renewables

is growing fastest in the electricity sector.

The second session focused on renewable

energy supply concepts and featured a

presentation by Ms Sarah Rieseberg (Arepo

Consult, Germany) about solar PV business

models around the globe. To highlight recent

efforts by the City of Melbourne in this regard,

Mr Adam Zaborszczyk, Senior Sustainability

Officer gave a presentation on lessons

learned from the Melbourne Renewable Energy

Project.

The Victorian audience also heard updates

from Mike Underhill (New Zealand’s Energy

Efficiency and Conservation Authority) and

Carola Jonas (Climate Friendly Australia)

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policy in Australia and New Zealand.

Dr Nermin Brgulja, Head of the Department

“Communication & Software” at the Institute

for Decentralised Energy Technologies

in Germany spoke about SmartHome technologies

and how they can provide significant

potential for energy savings in commercial

and residential buildings.

Rob Murray-Leach, Head of Policy for the

Energy Efficiency Council (EEC), concluded

the day with a witty and optimistic update

on the prospects of improved industrial energy

efficiency in Australia.

Written by Anja Eulitz, GACIC

Michael Pearce, Honorary Consul of the Federal

Republic of Germany in Victoria, opened

the conference in Melbourne, supported by

Tina Thoms and Anne Schettler, representing

the Australian and New Zealand German

Chambers of Commerce.

His address was followed by a welcome address

by The Hon Liliana D’Ambrosio MP,

Minister for Energy, Environment, Climate

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Sydney Water Corporation experienced

German Innovation first-hand

Sydney Water Corporation (SWC) is exploring

world class laboratory design and operations

prior to development of the detailed

concept design for a new laboratory. To promote

these goals a fellowship was organised

to examine international best practice for

sample management and automated laboratory

techniques.

Emma Cooper, the Analytical Services Manager

with 21 years’ experience in water operations

and management operations, and

Charlie Pierce, a Laboratory Manager with

over 30 year’s diverse analytical experience,

were selected as the fellows.

SWC drivers for this fellowship were to improve

analytical efficiency and to simplify

sample management.

There was a number of specific benefits to

be derived from this program:

• Improved efficiency – automated instrumentation

can work 24 hours per day 7 days

per week;

For the cause: Robin Mellon challenges the supply chain status quo

Robin Mellon, formerly

Chief Operating Officer

with the Green

Building Council of

Australia, introduced

himself as the new

CEO of the Australian

Supply Chain Sustainability

School to a supportive

audience during a business

lunch on 12 May 2016 in Sydney. He

was joined by Shaun McCarthy, Chair of

the UK Supply Chain Sustainability School

and Davina Rooney, National Sustainability

Manager at Stockland. All three experts discussed

their view on broad trends in supply

chain management and the importance of

sustainable supply chains in delivering major

projects.

• Reduced manual labour – the tasks to be

automated include repetitive sample preparation

steps trained allowing analysts to undertake

higher order tasks;

• Streamlining sample management –preparatory

tasks are optimised reducing duplication

and minimising double handling of

samples; and

• Improved employee safety and wellness –

by eliminating repetitive tasks like opening

samples, dispensing and transporting samples

that can lead to fatigue related injuries;

The fellowship program involved visiting

facilities in 6 countries including Singapore,

England, France, Belgium, the Netherlands

and Germany. The German-Australian

Chamber of Industry and Commerce facilitated

identification, selection and initial

communication with the German sites.

“The Chamber were extremely

helpful in working to understand

our needs and establishing the

industry contacts”

Emma Cooper,

Sydney Water Corporation

The sites visited in Germany were:

• GERSTEL GmbH & Co (Mülheim an der Ruhr)

international headquarters for an instrument

manufacturer of automated extraction and

analysis of organic contaminants;

The Supply Chain Sustainability School is

an Australian, not-for-profit initiative, established

in 2015 to help small and medium-sized

businesses involved in construction,

property and infrastructure assess and

improve their sustainability knowledge. It’s

free to sign up to the School and access its

resources and services, including e-learning

modules, forums and face-to-face supplier

events to raise awareness across the entire

supply chain.

“Sustainability offers great opportunities

for us all – but we need to understand our

supply chains better and realise we can’t

address these issues alone. Bringing the

best resources and tools together in one

place to build everyone’s skills and knowledge

from the fundamentals upwards is the

fastest way for us to create the buildings,

communities and infrastructure we need

for a sustainable Australia”, Robin says.

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• SGS Institute Fresenius (Herten) one of

Europe’s leading environmental testing laboratories;

• GLP systems GmbH Großmoorbogen

(Hamburg) manufacturer of innovative automatic

sample transport system;

• HAMBURG WASSER, Hamburger Wasserwerke

GmbH (Hamburger) an accredited

water utility laboratory:

• Robert Bosch GmbH (Waiblingen) manufacturer

of robotics production equipment,

• Fraunhofer IPA (Stuttgart) laboratory automation

and biomanufacturing /engineering

centre; and

• Stadtwerke München GmbH (München) an

accredited water utility laboratory

The outcome of these visits are on-going

inter-laboratory communication with the

site teams and continued investigation on

the level of automation that best meets the

needs of SWC’s Lab.

Written by Sydney Water Corporation

About Sydney Water

Corporation (SWC)

Sydney Water Corporation is a NSW government-owned

statutory corporation that

provides drinking water, wastewater, water

recycling and some stormwater services to

metropolitan Sydney with nearly five million

customers. SWC’s existing laboratory facilities

were built in the early 1980s. Since that

time there have been significant advances in

analytical and information technology.

We believe that it is always best to experience

innovation where it happens first-hand

– so if you are interested in a study trip to

Germany in order to meet with technology

providers, research institutes or potential

partners just contact us. We’d be more than

happy to get you in touch:

Birgit Tegethoff

Director - Consulting Services

( (02) 8296 0455

birgit.tegethoff@germany.org.au

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The Perfect Split -

Bauma and LNG 18

LNG 18 – Perth, Australia

LNG represents a much more specialised

segment than mining and construction

equipment, with a much narrower focus

group that it addresses. As a consequence,

the size of the event in Perth surely was a

different ball game making a direct comparison

with Bauma impossible. Over 5,000

international delegates attended the conference

itself, the main draw card of LNG 18.

The exhibition was dominated by (a few

equipment suppliers and service providers

aside) gas producers, tier 1 engineering

companies and government representations

from gas producing countries, about 200 in

total. None of it is really a German stronghold,

which may have been one of the reasons

why a German Pavilion had to be cancelled

due to lack of interest from German

companies.

Bauma 2016

Bauma is the largest mining and construction

equipment exhibition in the world, taking

place every three years at the grounds

of former Munich Riem airport. Bauma is to

the mining and construction world what the

LNG 18 event is to the global world of Liquefied

Natural Gas (LNG), albeit in the slightly

different combined conference and exhibition

format. The LNG event also takes place

every three years, with each time being in a

different city, country and continent. 2016

saw Perth as host city of the eighteenth

event, hence the confusing name, LNG 18.

Both mega events also happened to open

their doors in the same week of the same

month: the week commencing 11th April

2016.

With this in mind, it’s a tough call for the

Competence Centre for Mining and Resources

on which event to give preference.

Major stakeholders and players of both industry

sectors had scheduled to descend on

both events. Bauma, as well as LNG 18, can

be seen as a key platform for networking

and for publicity in each respective industry.

Last but not least, the German Engineering

Association (VDMA), had scheduled and

promoted a country special for Australia at

Bauma, while Woodside, one of Australia’s

own major oil and gas players had invited

leaders from industry and politics for an

inaugural workshop involving Australianbased

LNG producers and German buyers

in Perth (14,000 kilometres away from

Munich). The workshop was a direct action

from the list of 59 recommendations by the

Australian German Advisory Group.

Well, as with any similar dilemma a compromise

was found: attendance was split

equally between both events – with Bauma

at the beginning of the week and LNG 18 at

the end of the very same week.

Bauma 2016 –

Munich, Germany

Is the global resources boom over? The answer

is no, if you judge by what was on offer

at Bauma this year. Almost 3,500 exhibitors

from 58 countries showed off their mining

and construction gear. Some of them started

assembly on-site months before the gates

opened. In terms of visitors: 580,000 came

from 200 countries, an overall increase of

9 per cent from 2013. Yes, maybe not all of

them had a direct interest in mining and

resources, but it was the positive vibes, the

commitment and enthusiasm of exhibitors

and visitors alike that made the day.

While the dedicated mining and mineral

processing section was contained in two

halls, just a fraction of the 600,000 square

metres of total space, it was the mega-sized

mining trucks and excavators in the outside

area that turned out to be general public’s

favourite attraction.

Australia’s mining sector was showcased

over two hours on Tuesday. Its world-class

research and development capabilities were

introduced by Austrade, a market overview

and market entry strategies presented by

the Competence Centre for mining and resources

and an overview of Australia’s large

resource potential from an investors point

of view given by DERA, the German Federal

Agency for Resources. The session concluded

with two success stories from German

equipment suppliers, Wirtgen and Indurad.

LNG 18 did not compare in size with its

predecessor LNG 17, which took place three

years earlier in Houston, Texas, the homeland

of global oil and gas engineering. The

message sent to the LNG community this

year was more than cautious with regard

to the short- to medium-term future of the

industry. So was the general mood, in line

with the story of the mining industry: rockbottom

gas prices, dropping global demand

and oversupply at the same time as well as

an unfolding global rally into new LNG production

capacity including Australia’s threefold

increase over the past five years.

Despite a general lack of enthusiasm at LNG

18, the inaugural German Australian workshop

on Thursday, organised by Woodside

and supported by the Chamber, was one of

the highlights of the LNG event. Minister

Mathias Cormann opened the conference as

the leader of the Australia Germany Advisory

Group, followed by Peter Coleman, CEO

of Woodside, Michael Chaney AO, Chairman

of Woodside and Wesfarmers and a panel

discussion.

The message of the day was clear: Despite

a good, longstanding relationship between

Germany and Australia, there is scope and

a need to strengthen ties between the two

countries in the future. Energy and resources

is definitely one area where it should

happen.

Written by Dr Bernd Länger, GACIC

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Kettenwulf -

Chains ‘Made in Germany’

for over 90 years

already great products. For years, Ketten-

Wulf has been successfully developing leading

low-maintenance and lubricant-free

chain technology. Most of these innovations

originate from our customers’ individual

requirements and the respective needs of

each market.

Bulk material handling plays a particular

role since (due to its severe on-site conditions)

no other industry poses such high

demands on equipment manufacturers and

plant operators. Abrasive materials like dust,

ashes, ore, cinder and gravel cause wear in

chain joints, which is the most common

reason for early chain failure. The consequences

are costly: replacement of the entire

conveyor chain; more maintenance effort;

and downtime.

KettenWulf Betriebs GmbH was established

in 1925 by brothers Josef and Johannes

Wulf in Eslohe-Kückelheim, the heart of the

Sauerland. The company remains a familyowned

business and is now in its fourth

generation. These days, Günter Wulf runs

the company alongside his children Julia,

Tobias and Ansgar.

Over its 90-year history, KettenWulf has

expanded beyond simple link-chain manufacturing

to become a leading global producer

of conveyor chains, drive chains,

chain sprockets and special components.

KettenWulf chains are used by a multitude

of different sectors, including bulk material

handling, escalator, insulation, timber and

steel industries. In addition, such products

are used in hydraulic engineering, water

treatment and have numerous applications

in mechanical engineering and construction.

More than 1400 employees develop, produce

and distribute KettenWulf products

globally: in Europe, the United States and

Asia, representatives do their best to offer

effective solutions in material-handling and

engineering.

Originally produced exclusively in the Austrian

township of Ferlach, the company’s

products are now distributed worldwide,

following the expansion of production to

Hangzhou in China. Over one year, Ketten-

Wulf’s service and product portfolio grew,

becoming a global market leader in supplying

chains for escalator manufacture.

The company headquarters in Eslohe-Kückelheim

also includes a research and development

division, which (among other things)

has created innovative sound-proofing and

chain technologies, all lubricant-free and

low-maintenance. Some of KettenWulf’s

most notable project contributions include

machinery in the London Underground and

the Hartsfield Jackson International Airport

in Atlanta.

Continued growth: company establishment

in Australia

KettenWulf Group’s international growth

strategy is entering its next phase. The

company is already well represented across

Europe, the United States and Asia; at the

beginning of June this year, with the support

of the German-Australian Chamber of

Industry and Commerce (AHK Australia), a

new subsidiary was officially opened “Down

Under”.

As the newest company in the group,

KettenWulf Pty Ltd will serve Australia’s

rapidly growing demand for high-quality

chains and sprockets. The establishment of

the Australian subsidiary will initially be

driven by two representatives with decades

of combined experience in machinery and

construction. The office is located in Sydney

on the East Coast of Australia.

As stated by company executive Ansgar

Wulf, “With the establishment of Ketten-

Wulf Pty Ltd, we have taken a further step

on the way to fulfilling our globalisation

strategy and we are really pleased to be able

to grow in Australia and New Zealand with

our own company presence.

“Operating in this additional location affords

us the opportunity to work closely and

intensely with a foreign market, as well as

cater to the specific requirements of our

customers there”.

Australian customers now have access to

the greater competitiveness that Ketten-

Wulf provides. An existing “quality consciousness”

and Australia’s strong economy

give KettenWulf an edge in this market.

KettenWulf sets the standard for

low-maintenance chain technology

in bulk material handling

For Kettenwulf, innovation means improving

In order to guarantee high plant availability

with reduced maintenance costs, Ketten-

Wulf has developed a special multi-sealing

system (“Sandwich Sealing”) for the joint.

Extended lubrication is available in reclaimer

and ship-unloader chains and for many

other applications.

To ensure that no sediment enters the joint,

two corrosion-resistant labyrinth seals secure

the embedded gasket. This also prevents

the emergence of used joint lubricant.

Sockets and bolts in the chain link therefore

receive optimal lubrication, which ensures

smooth, sustainable operation of the entire

conveyor system.

The same applies to the guide roller. A specially

designed sealing system protects the

installed bearing against harmful external

force and materials, so that the roller can

be used reliably over a lifetime with little

maintenance. Minimal friction in this system

(facilitated by the roller bearing) provides

further energy savings and reduced

costs in plant operation.

Both resource-oriented innovations not

only actively protect the environment, but

also ensure that clients can achieve a competitive

advantage through highly efficient

production.

This chain technology has been used for

a coal mine project in a coal mine in New

South Wales, Australia. KettenWulf supplies

230 metres of low-maintenance scraper

chain. Particular environmental conditions,

such as an abrasive cocktail of coal, coal

dust and air moisture require this special

sealing concept.

Written by KettenWulf

For more information about the services of

the Chamber, please contact:

Andreas Kent Giessler

Consultant Market Entry

(02) 8296 0443

andreas.giessler@germany.org.au

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NSW Future Transport

‘Innovation’ and ‘technology’ were the key

words of the day at the recent Future Transport

Summit in Sydney, where technology

thought leaders and other experts, including

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, came together

to develop the next big ideas in transport

for NSW.

Over the next decade the NSW Government

will invest more than $100 billion in

transport services and infrastructure – and

technology is guaranteed to play a huge role

in supporting these projects and driving improvements

for customers.

The challenge was to bring together some of

the best, most creative and forward-thinking

minds and have them work together to

help create the future for NSW transport.

Minister for Transport and Infrastructure

Andrew Constance said the Future Transport

Summit 2016 was the kick-off to a broader

12 month program.

“Our aim is that, by the end of the broader

Future Transport program, NSW will be on

the way to becoming a world leader in using

technology to deliver better customer experiences,

as well as more efficient transport

services”, Mr Constance said.

“The ideas generated at the summit feed

into the development of the Future Transport

Technology Roadmap, which we will

present to the ITS World Conference in October.”

Overseeing this process is a Technology

Leaders Panel. This is co-chaired by David

Thodey, Chair of CSIRO and JobsNSW, and

a former Chief Executive Officer of Telstra;

and Andrew Stevens, who is Chair of the

Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre, a

director of CEDA and former Managing Director

of IBM Australia and New Zealand.

Other Leaders Panel members are Michael

Pratt, NSW Customer Service Commissioner;

Kate Burleigh, Managing Director, Australia,

Intel; Tim Reardon, Secretary, Transport for

NSW; Tony Braxton-Smith, Deputy Secretary,

Customer Services, Transport for NSW;

and Clare Gardiner-Barnes, Deputy Secretary,

Freight, Strategy and Planning, Transport

for NSW.

TRANSPORT TODAY

Mr Constance said technology has already

transformed the way customers get around

the NSW transport network.

“When you look at what’s happening in app

development, ticketing systems and connected

and automated vehicles, it’s clear

that new technologies will be at the heart of

the future of transport”, Mr Constance said.

Today, a person moving around the NSW

train, bus, ferry and light rail network can

see when services will turn up in real-time

via apps, while the Opal smartcard provides

them with a cheaper, more convenient way

of paying for their trips.

NSW is also a major leader in the field of

Intelligent Transport Systems – Transport

for NSW is currently conducting the only

large-scale Cooperative Intelligent Transport

Systems (C-ITS) testbed dedicated to

heavy vehicles in the world. The Cooperative

Intelligent Transport Initiative in the Illawarra

region allows truck drivers to receive

safety messages warning them about upcoming

hazards and potential crashes, and

incorporates road infrastructure such as

traffic lights.

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C-ITS are also being trialled on heavy vehicles

along key freight routes across Sydney

to determine how this technology can help

manage congestion as part of the Premier’s

Innovation Initiative.

TRANSPORT IN THE FUTURE

Growing population and congestion are key

challenges faced by the NSW Government,

and technology is going to play a major role

in how these concerns are addressed.

The latest transport innovations entering the

market are expected to significantly improve

efficiency on the road and transport network

by delivering less congestion and resulting

in higher productivity and increased safety.

One of the anticipated benefits of connected

and automated vehicle technology is a

significant reduction in crashes, which are

largely due to human error and often a key

cause of congestion on our roads.

Real time data and connected and automated

technologies together have the potential

to reduce journey times and manage congestion

particularly during peak periods. The

continued development and improvement of

public transport services is vital to fully realising

these benefits.

The Future Transport program aims to put

NSW at the forefront of delivering technology-focussed

solutions to challenges facing

transport.

Recent initiatives were announced as part of

the Future Transport program:

• an upcoming trial allowing customers to

use credit cards to tap on and off public

transport services;

• a new Open Data Hub inviting app developers

to investigate opportunities using

available data streams; and

• the Smart Innovation Centre which will lay

the groundwork for the future of connected

and automated vehicles in NSW and other

innovative transport technology in NSW.

These initiatives align with a national focus

on applying technology to create productive,

accessible and liveable cities that encourage

innovation and create jobs and growth.

COLLABORATION IS KEY

Working together with industry, academics,

and other leaders in innovation is a key focus

for the NSW Government in redesigning

the Transport Technology Roadmap.

Mr Constance said it was vital to take advantage

of the expertise of people within

the technology industry, academics, innovators

and entrepreneurs to ensure the Government

supports the development of the

next big idea in transport.

Expert speakers who took part in the summit

held on 18-19 April included Will Duckworth,

Vice President, IBM; Pip Marlow,

General Manager, Microsoft Australia; and

Val Stoyanov, Global Managing Director for

Transportation, Influencer Sales Group, Intel.

“We are all about collaborating with the

brightest minds in tech and transport to deliver

the best improvements for customers”,

Mr Constance said.

“There are numerous opportunities for those

in-the-know to get involved and help Transport

for NSW use innovation to create a better

transport experience.”

About Transport for NSW

Transport for NSW is responsible for managing and

shaping the future of the whole transport system

in NSW. We are making improvements and driving

change to deliver a world class transport system

for NSW.

Our values are the cornerstone of our shared culture

across the Transport cluster, and drive our behaviours

and standards. Our teams deliver world

class products and services and our customers remain

at the centre of everything we do.

Transport for NSW (TfNSW) was formally established

on 1 November 2011 and has assumed coordination,

funding allocation, policy and planning

and other non-service delivery functions for the

transport system.

This followed the NSW Government’s announcement

that a new, integrated authority would be

established to ensure coordinated planning and

policy across all modes of transport and to drive

integrated service delivery.

TfNSW develops regulations, policies and legislation

to ensure that transport is delivered to a high

standard, meets community needs, protects assets

and public money, minimises environmental impact,

and drives improved community safety.

The transferring of policy and planning enables

operators of transport services to focus on providing

the highest standard of services to their customers.

TfNSW manages an annual multi-billion dollar

transport budget and in partnership with the

transport operating agencies, more than $114 billion

in assets. Funding is provided for public bus,

rail, roads, ferry and community transport services

and related infrastructure.

Anyone wishing to work with the NSW Government

in the area of innovation is encouraged to contact

the Smart Innovation Centre team by emailing:

smartinnovationcentre@transport.nsw.gov.au

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Sharing

and the

Smarter City

A lot of people are talking about Smart Cities

and how we could be on the verge of turning

our urban environments into truly worldclass

examples of planning done right. This

enthusiasm is great, but while much of the

focus seems to be on large-scale work that

transforms urban space, a more subtle, and

arguably much more powerful shift, is underway

that is driven by the ever smarter

sharing of existing resources and the people

who share them.

At GoGet, we occupy a front row seat on

this shift as the first and largest carsharer in

Australia. The idea for GoGet was driven by

a basic resource problem: the average private

car sits unused for 23 hours a day.

As a result of this growth, carshare has become

an unparalleled transport success that

generates a $6 return in public benefit for

every $1 spent by government. These are

some of the results delivered by GoGet in

the City of Sydney alone:

• 45 kilometres of parking freed in Sydney.

• Removal of more than 10,000 vehicles

from congested roads.

• Reduction of total kilometres travelled per

year by 37 million.

• 15.5% of all Sydney drivers are members

of GoGet.

• Significant savings for businesses by reducing

fleet management and capital expenses.

If carshare is having this effect and it is still

clearly in its infancy, what happens as it

continues to scale? One consequence will

be that fewer roads may need to be built.

Another, that less land will have to be allocated

to parking space — land that can be

turned over to other uses like green space.

Already, the incorporation of carshare into

visionary urban developments like Fraser’s

Central Park in Chippendale has seen the

elimination of carspaces in favour of more

units, each of which have access to a wardrobe

of shared vehicles valued by residents

who have consciously given up owning a

vehicle.

While technology makes sharing possible on

the scale of GoGet, the Smart City isn’t just

about technology. In fact, no matter how

technologically advanced, future cities will

be dismal places if the needs of the people

living in them doesn’t come first. We’ve

seen first hand that sharing needs to be both

smart and concerned about these needs.

Fortunately, sharing is ideally positioned to

do both.

Here’s an example. A little over a year ago, a

GoGet member, Peter Hojgaard-Olsen, came

to us with a challenge.

Peter’s son Philip has Muscular Dystrophy

and requires a wheelchair. Peter opened

our eyes to a problem that frankly we knew

nothing about: tens of thousands of disabled

Australians suffer from severely inadequate

transport. The problem is the cost

of wheelchair accessible vehicles is too high

for most people to afford and the government

is only able to offer limited subsidies

for taxi trips. Surely, he said, GoGet might

be able to use the power of sharing to help.

Peter and Philip inspired us to create Accessible

Vehicles for People with Disabilities,

the first Australian program of its kind. We

used our carsharing knowledge and the specific

talents of our team across location and

transport planning, business development,

member services, data analytics, telematics

and marketing to craft a solution that has

the potential to transform transportation

for those in wheelchairs. Developing relationships

with and listening to Spinal Cord

Injury Australia (SCIA), Royal North Shore

Hospital, the NSW Minister for Health and

Disabilities, and a specialist in vehicle conversions,

we created “Philip”, an eight-seat

Kia Carnival with a hydraulic wheelchair lift.

Philip was launched in early April 2016. The

critical ingredient in this innovation is the

sharing dynamic.

These vehicles can be extremely expensive

to own and operate, but by sharing them

among many people who need them, they

become affordable and convenient. Because

carsharing allows the utilisation of this one

vehicle by many people, the individual cost

of each use becomes manageable. Someone

in a wheelchair can use this vehicle for

$8.35 an hour while gaining unprecedented

mobility. Formerly, the high cost of services

for people with disabilities required subsidies,

this innovation makes it possible to

deliver services in a way that actually makes

business sense across an entire network

--and by making business sense it encourages

its widespread replication.

We are in the early stages of the transformation

we hope “Philip” will bring to Australia.

According to SCIA, the vehicle and

this program are poised to revolutionise the

provision of transport for people with disabilities.

We are still very much in a learning

phase to see what will work and what might

need refinement, but all indicators point to

a rapid expansion of this service. Our aim

is to have 20 of these vehicles deployed

across Australia over the next two years

serving hundreds, even thousands of people,

and we’re actively looking for vehicle sponsors.

We will also be exploring how data

analytics, including our ongoing collaborations

with academic and government data

scientists, can improve the experience and

viability of these vehicles and help us target

locations and population centres where we

can have an even greater impact.

Accessible vehicles are only part of the sharing

change in the Smart City. The self-driving

car, or autonomous vehicle, is another

and it’s a big one. Why? The self-driving car

could mean that the vehicles, which would

optimally be shared, would be so highly utilised

that transport costs could plummet

and the very nature of transport and, as a

result, infrastructure in the city would be

transformed.

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There has been a spate of announcements

involving major players making what looks

to be really significant commitments to

autonomous vehicles. In January, General

Motors announced the creation of a special

team backed by a large budget to spearhead

self-driving. The U.S. government declared

$4 billion to fund autonomous research.

And Great Britain committed $30 million in

the immediate future to develop important

aspects of self-driving tech. Simultaneously,

Jaguar Land Rover announced its decision to

trial driverless cars on British roads.

Not only that, in the past month the National

Highway Traffic Safety Administration,

the U.S. regulator in charge of defining who

and what gets to drive on American roads,

publicly argued that the autonomous car

itself - or rather the computer controlling

it - should be defined as the “driver” instead

of any human occupants.

These are all huge steps, and it might seem

like the reality of robot cars is right around

the corner. Except, it’s not.

When asked about self-driving cars at the

annual Ted conference in Vancouver, Uber’s

CEO, Travis Kalanick, somewhat surprisingly

said it would be a long transition that would

see self-driving vehicles “work in certain

places and not in others” (surprisingly, because

his company has often been seen as

one of most zealous self-driving advocates).

But Kalanick also reminded the audience

why self-driving vehicles would and should

eventually arrive: “This is a world that is going

to exist and for good reason,” he added,

reminding the audience about the hundreds

of hours wasted by drivers in traffic and the

1 million people who die every year in cars.

“It is a world that is going to exist and it is

going to be a better world,” he said.

As GoGet’s CEO, Tristan Sender, has also

said, self-driving will likely be introduced

gradually and in cities purpose-built around

cars that drive themselves or as options for

self-driving-only lanes on highways. Why?

Because the trickiest part of self-driving vehicles

is integrating them into a real world

roadscape where they are forced to mix with

human drivers and juggle constantly changing

conditions.

Ultimately, we believe today’s sharing will

create the fundamental cultural change that

will make possible the Smart Cities of the

future where people will have a wealth of

transport options and the urban landscape

will be vastly improved because of this wiser,

more sustainable, use of resources.

Written by Jonathan Englert,

GoGet Carshare

About GoGet

GoGet is Australia’s first and largest professional

car sharing service and operates in Melbourne,

Sydney, Adelaide and Brisbane. Its slogan is ‘Why

own a car when you can GoGet!’.

GoGet’s aim is to provide a reliable, convenient

and affordable transport service that:

- allows people to live without car ownership

- removes private cars from local streets

- makes car sharing an integral and fun part of

living in urban environments

- means members don’t need to pay for fuel

- decreases car usage

- improves local air quality

GoGet is operated by CarShare Australia, formed

to bring car sharing services to Australia. Founded

by Directors Nic Lowe and Bruce Jeffreys in 2003

with three vehicles and 12 members, today GoGet

has over 2,000 vehicles and 80,000 members.

The consumer watchdog, Choice, named GoGet as

the ‘best car sharer’ in Australia for its 2012 Game

Changer Award honouring the carshare industry.

Learn more at: www.goget.com.au

Get on the

road to a greener

future with GoGet

We all have the power to make a

change. At GoGet we’re doing our

bit to ensure that we can all share

in a brighter tomorrow.

CONGESTION

costs AU$13.74

billion on all urban

roads in Australia.

BAD AIR

Road transport

is a key producer

of air pollution.

BUSIER THAN EVER

Australian capital cities

are projected to reach

30.5 million residents

by 2061

FEWER CARS

1 GoGet car takes

10 - 14 cars off the

road and is shared

between 34

members.

MORE PEOPLE

Australia’s population

will continue to grow.

NO PARKING

With increasing density and population

growth on-street parking is harder and

harder to find in inner city suburbs.

2011

22.3 million

2031

30.5 million

Average

GoGet

MORE SPACE

We’ve freed up 54.82km

of parking space in

Australia. Enough to

stretch from Sydney

to Campbelltown.

Campbelltown

SMART TRAVEL

48% of GoGet members commute

to work via public transport.

That’s three times the Australian

average.

MORE MONEY

$5400 extra from

each member, saved

by carsharing, is being

spent in the community

each year.

Average commuters

LESS FUEL

Average fuel

consumption 11.1l

compared to

GoGet 6.9l.

GoGet commuters

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monotonous journey many of our drivers

face. As we rely on the trucking industry

to freight much of our products, goods and

services over vast distances and harsh climatic

conditions, improving the safety of

these journeys through driver assistance

support is just the beginning for what future

innovation is possible.

Australian heavy vehicle and truck drivers

face risks each day as they hit the highways

to deliver our goods. Vehicle automation

provides a great opportunity to all but

eliminate hazards. It will also benefit all

road users as relieving pressure on drivers

will enable them to perform other critical

tasks such as securing their loads, managing

complicated run schedules and delivering

goods safely and on time to the hands

of customers.

Connected and automated vehicles

making Australian roads safer

Overall, the possibilities of automated vehicles

for the consumer market are endless.

By embracing new technology we can actually

change our mobility options. As our

population grows, data collected from vehicles

and their users will help shape and

develop a better picture of what our communities

need for now and the future.

ITS Australia was pleased to attend a recent

After Hours Networking event with BMW

Australia, hosted by CEO Marc-Heinrich

Werner for a special launch of the new

BMW 7 Series.

Not only were the vehicles on display exquisite

but so too was the hospitality.

ITS Australia thanks the German-Australian

Chamber of Industry and Commerce for the

opportunity.

With the technology on display, conversations

quickly turned to the popularity of

autonomous and connected vehicles which

continue to gain momentum on a global

scale. With this said, the initial excitement

phase has been overshadowed with conversations

around coordination, safety and

overall trust in the machine. Whatever your

opinion, connected automation certainly is

a contentious issue and likely to be the subject

of much debate for the future.

Australian roads were used to test automated

vehicles for the first time last November.

Volvo put its model XC90 through

its paces, conducting manoeuvres such as

overtaking, lane changing, emergency braking

and the use of on and off ramps.

The testing on South Australia’s Expressway

coincided with a showcase event hosted by

ITS Australia on the future of automated

vehicles - and it’s no surprise that both

generated much interest. So, connected

vehicles are already on our roads and driverless

cars are not that far away but what

does that mean for us?

As we’ve seen with the likes of Tesla’s Model

S or BMW’s vision of a connected car, driverless

cars are quickly developing, stepping

out of science fiction and turning into reality.

As global leaders, Google and Apple are

quickly following suit, this goes to show

how consumer technology is a strong focus

for innovation in this space.

The technology is now so much more than

automated vehicles. It can be applied to

connected signage and smart roadways

and hi-tech routers directing vehicles and

traffic. Through telematics, traffic reports,

driver data and navigation, information

from the roadside is available at the touch

of a button.

In fact, the Australian market itself has

witnessed significant developments, with

technology suppliers Kapsch, Cohda Wireless

and Intelematics providing technologies

such as sensor recognition, hands free

telematics and cloud information accessible

anywhere.

Overseas, following the recent testing of a

Mercedes-Benz truck on the Autobahn, the

semi-autonomous vehicle is being hailed as

the ‘new age of mobility’; it can drive in real

life conditions with the driver in the cabin,

ready to grab the wheel if required.

Considering the future of safe sustainable

road freight transport, automated trucks are

reported to relieve strain on drivers, improve

traffic flow and increase productivity for

drivers behind the wheel.

Automated trucks can assist with the long,

Written by Susan Harris,

CEO, ITS Australia

About ITS Australia

Intelligent Transport Systems Australia (ITS Australia)

promotes the development and deployment

of advanced technologies to deliver safer, more efficient

and environmentally sustainable transport

across all public and private modes – air, sea, road

and rail.

Established in 1992, ITS Australia advocates the

application of communication, data processing

and electronic technologies for in-vehicle, vehicleto-vehicle,

vehicle-to-infrastructure and modeto-mode

systems to increase transport safety and

sustainability, reduce congestion, and improve the

performance and competitiveness of Australia’s

networks.

ITS Australia, on behalf of the ITS Asia Pacific region,

is proud to host the 23rd ITS World Congress

in Melbourne from 10 to 14 October, 2016. In recognition

of Melbourne’s reputation as the world’s

most liveable city, the 2016 Congress theme will

be “ITS – Enhancing Liveable Cities and Communities”.

The Congress will bring together 7,000 global ITS

professionals for a comprehensive program with

hundreds of speakers, an exhibition, equipment

demonstrations and technical tours. ITS Australia

organised the successful 2001 ITS World Congress

in Sydney

For more about ITS Australia, please visit:

www.its-australia.com.au

For more about the 2016 World Congress,

please visit: www.itsworldcongress2016.com

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Concept of driverless train for Sydney Metro Northwest

Australia’s economy, cities and population

have been growing for decades. Unfortunately,

also its urban congestion, which is

widely regarded as one of the great productivity

bottlenecks of developed economies.

The estimated avoidable cost of urban traffic

congestion in Australian capital cities

was $12.9 billion in 2010. Public transport

and intelligent transport systems play a pivotal

role in alleviating urban congestion and

facilitating productivity and opportunity by

moving skills, labour force and knowledge

within and between markets.

When reading these facts, it is not surprising,

that Australia is highly interested

to invest money into smart public transport

solutions. German DB Engineering &

Consulting, with its broad experience and

knowledge in this area, has recently got in

on the act.

This year, the company has been awarded

the tender for the first metro line in Can-

Visualisation of Canberra light rail above-ground station

German railway knowhow

Down Under

berra. As part of the Capital Metro consortium,

which also includes one of Australia’s

leading construction firms and the Spanish

tram manufacturer CAF, the employees will

contribute its globally proven experience

of consulting services in operations and

maintenance. Works have already started

smoothly and the metro, which will comprise

13 above-ground stations, is planned

to go operational in 2019. At a length of

12km, the Canberra metro will connect the

fast-growing suburb of Gungahlin with the

centre of the capital.

The idea of a rail line through the heart of

the Australian capital, Canberra, is not new.

Even the city planner and architect Walter

Burley Griffin, who planned the city from

scratch in 1912, envisioned a public rail

system. Considering the current situation

in Canberra, numerous arguments can be

mentioned in favour of the light rail project.

Currently, public transport only makes up a

very small part of the overall traffic volume.

Even at peak times, the outdated buses with

their unappealing timetables are hardly operating

at capacity. Private transport, on the

other hand, enjoys great popularity.

Based on this fact, the Capital Metro Authority

formulated the main objective of the

project: the light rail system is to encourage

inhabitants to leave the car at home more

often and use the public transport system.

In addition to revitalizing the inner city and

reducing CO2 emissions, the main objective

is to attract investments in the largely rundown

buildings along Northborne Avenue.

However, Canberra is not the only place

for bringing German railway and transport

system knowledge on site. The fast-growing

Sydney is another. With a current population

of almost 5 million people and a large

number of commuters, travelling long distances

from suburbs to work every day, the

city needs to invest in public transport. For

example, each train on Sydney’s railways

removes approximately 1,000 cars from

its roads. The extension of present Sydney

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Metro is a logical choice. In August 2014,

the company signed a contract for Sydney

Metro Northwest - Australia’s first fully automatic

metro system, which is scheduled

to start running in the first six months of

2019 and proposed to connect Rouse Hill to

Chatswood via Castle Hill and Epping.

first project, various technologies are used

for operating the station climate-neutral.

The photovoltaic system produces approximately

31,000 kilowatt hours of electricity

during the year and the geothermal system

ensures heating and cooling of the building.

Rainwater is collected for flushing the

public toilets.

transport – plenty of potential for DB to expand

its commitment in Down Under.

Written by Martin Grötzschel and Robert

Wagner, DB Engineering & Consulting

About DB Engineering &

Consulting

DB Engineering and Consulting, formerly DB International,

has accomplished thousands of projects

in more than 100 countries since 1966. With 4000

employees from 66 national backgrounds in more

than 20 countries around the globe, the company’s

experienced railway experts are always on hand

for their customers.

Visualisation of the CO2-free train station in Kerpen-Horrem, Germany

Generalists and specialists offer the worldwide

acknowledged know-how of the German Railway

(Deutsche Bahn) from the idea to operations. It

provides technically sophisticated and customized

rail infrastructure, mobility and transport solutions.

With sustainable concepts, the engineering

and consulting company supports the future

success of economic regions, contributes to the

protection of the environment and helps shaping

railway for the world of tomorrow.

The scope included project management

services for rail systems, vehicles, approval/

initialisation, and operation for the major

mass transit infrastructure. Sydney Metro

Northwest is a current project by the Government

of New South Wales for a rapid

transit link to the north-western suburbs of

Sydney. Eight new stations are to be built

on the Northwest metro line. Trains will be

driverless, the first in Australia to do so. This

removes the need to reserve the front and

back of the train for drivers and/or guards,

allowing passengers to view straight ahead

or behind for the first time. They will also

benefit from level boarding with no gaps

between platform and train, as well as make

use of screen doors at platforms. Space will

be available on trains for pram, luggage,

and bicycle storage. Maximum capacity on

the line is 30 trains per hour. Once completed,

the line will include a 4-kilometre

“Skytrain” viaduct from Bella Vista to Rouse

Hill.

When looking overseas, an intelligent forward-looking

project has been realised by

DB in Germany: Europe’s first CO 2 -free train

station, located on the route between Cologne

and Aachen, which 12,000 travelers

pass daily. At the 4.3 million euro expensive

A new lighting concept combines use of

natural light with energy-saving LED light

technology and large windows ensure

transparency and good orientation. Generous

skylights bring natural light into the

building. The combination of those measures

helps operating the station CO2-free.

In major fast-growing cities such as Sydney

or Melbourne, such pioneer projects are an

excellent answer to today’s environment issues,

which can help to reduce air pollution

and save energy costs. In rural areas within

Australia, an energy self-sufficient train

station, powered by solar panels, means

more independence.

There are further opportunities for the DB

Group to share its transport knowledge in

Australia in the future, not only in railway.

The existing bus network in Canberra will

have to be adapted to the new conditions

to ensure that certain routes do not compete

with the new light rail lines, but rather

serve as feeder lines. Light rail and bus go

hand in hand. Even a potential takeover of

bus operations from the current state operator

has been discussed. Canberra is not

the only city in Australia planning such a

privatization of operator services in public

Due to its international strategy and success, as

well as for dealing face to face with customers, DB

Engineering & Consulting opened its first office in

Australia in Sydney at the end of last year. After

winning contracts for Sydney Metro Northwest

in 2014 and Canberra Metro this year, as well as

being involved in smaller projects, the company is

expecting an increase and expansion of its business

activity on the fifth continent in the next

years.

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INDUSTRY FOCUS Intelligent Transport Systems

Passenger Movement in and around

Public Transport

Monash University’s Institute of Railway

Technology (IRT) is currently researching

passenger movement in and around public

transport, using various modelling techniques.

The project seeks the benefits of combining

so-called ‘big data’ (data sets and analytics

generated by networked computing,

digitised databases and sensor technologies)

with ‘social data’ (evidence produced

by qualitative research methods capable of

explaining why people behave in particular

ways in specific social contexts).

Focused on a key form of urban transport

infrastructure, the rail network offers an

ideal setting to demonstrate the strengths

of this combination. Data collected from

various sensors will be analysed to produce

pedestrian trajectories. Each individual

trajectory includes large amounts of information

in space and time including path

choice.

“We will develop methods integrating the

collected data with the simulation model in

order to improve the accuracy of the simulation

output. Animated agents represent

a range of human types including gender,

age and stature with all the impediments to

movement associated with a wide range of

passenger mobility”, says Ravi Ravitharan,

Director of IRT.

The project uses a novel solution that allows

passive near real-time counting and

flow metrics using hardware that is easily

integrated into existing infrastructure.

The data collected from the sensors is undifferentiated.

Social and demographic context

is typically required for network planning

and system design. Previous studies

have indicated a wide range of qualitative

variables that impact upon passenger behaviour.

These factors include the prevailing

culture, age, relative athleticism and ability

of the passengers.

Accurate modelling of passenger movements

has been difficult in the past to

calibrate. With significantly improved data

the nuances of passenger movements can

now be modelled and simulated in a much

more accurate and compelling way. Agentbased

Modelling (ABM) and computational

animation of data results in sophisticated

imagery are underpinned by technical accuracy.

It provides a tool for the development

of station infrastructure, train carriage design

with implications on timetabling and

network planning.

This collaborative project involves The Institute

of Railway Technology, the Monash

Faculty of Arts, the Monash Faculty of Engineering,

Monash Art Design and Architecture

and an industry partner.

NEAR REAL-TIME MONITOR-

ING OF TRACK CONDITION AND

TRAIN PERFORMANCE

IRT’s instrumented revenue vehicle (IRV)

technology has the potential to revolutionise

the railway industry. It enables a planning

culture instead of merely reacting to

problems as they arise.

Aiming to overcome the limitations of track

geometry cars, IRT designed and developed

a sophisticated set of “instrumentation”

that could be retrofitted to existing revenue

vehicles.

The result track conditions can be remotely

and automatically monitored using IRVs

without halting standard revenue operations.

To avoid revenue loss, track conditions

are monitored continuously instead

of once every few months. Such monitoring

occurs close to real-time since the data

is automatically transmitted directly from

IRVs during operation.

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Significance: a paradigm-shifting

solution

The biggest cultural change within railway

organisations utilizing IRV is from reactive

to proactive maintenance and operation.

This new technology has the ability to collect

vast amounts of data about all aspects

of railway operations – converting this into

useful information that was previously unavailable.

Now, instead of the industry simply reacting

to problems when they arise, IRVs provide

timely and accurate information to analyse

long-term trends and predict the condition

of infrastructure well in advance. Being

proactive means no longer playing catchup,

spending valuable resources, and interrupting

services in the process.

It also allows railways to pre-empt evidence

based maintenance needs before

they become a problem. One can test the

effectiveness of maintenance, and in worstcase

scenarios implement temporary speed

restrictions to avoid catastrophic failure,

including derailments. With safety always

a priority, the leading heavy-haul railway

operators are now more than ever able to

focus on “prevention rather than cure.”

Written by Monash University

About Monash University’s

Insitute of Railway Technology

(IRT)

Monash University’s Institute of Railway Technology

(IRT) is the premier track and vehicle railway

research centre in Australia. IRT evolved from

BHP’s Melbourne Research Laboratories (MRL) in

January 2000. The Institute enjoys an international

reputation for excellence in railway research. It is

fully funded by industry and is the largest industry

funded business unit within Monash University.

www.irt.monash.edu

Its international client base includes BHP

Billiton, Rio Tinto, FMG and Vale (Brazil)

in the heavy haul industry, and mass transit

and passenger services in Hong Kong,

Singapore, Dubai, Taiwan, Kuala Lumpur

and Melbourne. Many of the relationships

with the mining industry have persisted

for several decades, resulting in significant

productivity enhancements and capacity

development in heavy haul within the industry.

“This award, along with the Clunies Ross

Award that IRT researchers received in

2014, confirms Monash University’s outstanding

railway engineering and technology

capabilities”, says Ravi Ravitharan,

Director of IRT.

The Institute has recently received the

prestigious Best Research & Development

award at the Business/Higher Education

Round Table (BHERT) Awards for their work

on instrumented revenue vehicles.

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INDUSTRY FOCUS Intelligent Transport Systems

Public Transport: Convenient and

Secure Fare Collection for the

Mobile Society

Public transport systems in cities worldwide

including Australia are facing huge challenges.

United Nations research suggests

urbanisation combined with the overall

growth of the world’s population could add

2.5 billion people to urban populations by

2050, which will result in a dramatic rise in

the number of public transport users.

This presents huge challenges for governments

and public transports

operators.

As existing infrastructure

reaches capacity,

they will need to adapt

quickly by focusing

on network efficiencies

to assist in addressing

increased

demand. In addition,

the collection

of anonymous and

accurate data on

commuter volumes,

station usage and

hourly and daily passenger

behaviour, will

be essential for planning

and investment in

the future.

This invest in infrastructure

and especially in fare collection

and ticketing is expected to go

hand in hand with improved customer

experience and usability.

The Evolution of Transit Ticketing

- From paper to tap on - tap

off.

Current trends in public transport indicate

action is being taken to respond to the increase

in demand, as well as the changing

mobility needs which come with urbanisation.

Contactless card systems, also known

as automated fare collection systems (AFC),

have been established on every continent.

Major cities worldwide, as well as all Australian

capital cities, have been moving

away from magnetic stripe and paper tickets

to contactless technology based solutions

which deliver the following benefits:

• Increased accuracy in the collection of data

for transport usage and passenger volumes

• Improved efficiency, reduced operating and

maintenance costs

• Ease of use for commuters and increased

passenger flow

• Reductions in fare related fraud and revenue

loss

Tap your mobile phone – what

works for payment, works for

ticketing.

Mobile ticketing is another emerging trend

allowing customers to use their smartphones

as contactless transport tickets.

According to Juniper Research, the number

of mobile phone users who adopt mobile

ticketing will grow worldwide from an average

of 8.8% of total mobile phone users in

2014 to 13.6% by 2018. This represents an

87% increase in the mobile ticketing user

base from 562 million in 2014. Data gathered

from recent mobile ticketing projects

suggests high demand. Additional drivers

for mobile ticketing include:

• Increased user convenience as commuters

don’t usually leave home without their

phones

• Higher customer satisfaction with convenient

access to top up and balance

information

• Seamless integration with existing

transport apps

• Easy, cost efficient roll out

and issuance

• Pro-active marketing opportunities

such as targeted

pricing, loyalty programs,

cross marketing with other

services

Get ready for the

future - hands free

ticketing with Secure

Ultra High Frequency

(UHF).

Passive contactless tags are

already used in today’s logistic

commodity flows. These unsecured

RFID tags are cost efficient and allow

for identification of goods or pallets

from several metres distance.

Latest developments in UHF technology,

now allow us to secure these tags, which

opens up new use cases for transit. The

Secure UHF card can be kept in the wallet

or jacket without the need to wave it

in front of a reader or gate. This allows for

an enhanced customer experience and system

efficiency with increased traffic flow at

gates, with multiple long range readers able

to track passengers automatically.

The challenge - the need for cost

efficiency and value add.

In addition to providing a good customer

experience, ticketing systems also need to

be cost efficient and create value. Both the

system implementation and ongoing sys-

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tem operations are monitored closely by the

public and media organisations. With government

and public transport operators being

constantly challenged on this front, fare

systems need to deliver efficiency, synergies

and ‘value-add’ as well as value for money.

Today’s technology allows for all of this

with:

• Convergence - ticketing functionality

could be integrated with bank or ID cards,

creating synergies and cost benefits for all

parties.

• Value add - transit cards could also be

used for payment. The prepaid and loaded

amount could be spent at kiosks, vending

machines or shops at the stations or around

bus stops.

• Interoperability – extending coverage so

one card or app could be used across all

multiple systems, cities or states.

Written by Giesecke & Devrient

About Giesecke & Devrient’s (G&D)

secure transport solutions

G&D secures identities, transactions and systems.

Since the end of the 1990s, G&D has been supplying

public transport operators worldwide with

transit cards, services and solutions. As a pioneer

in this field, G&D helped to support and develop

the technologies which have now become the established

global standards.

G&D Australasia has been supplying ticketing solutions

in the Australian market since early 2000.

The current transit product portfolio consists of

contactless plastic cards, and mobile solutions

encompassing:

• Contactless cards according MIFARE® Classic,

MIFARE® DESFire, Calypso, and CIPURSE standards

• Personalisation and issuance services

• Value added packaging

• Secure Mobile App solutions for ticketing

In addition, G&D Australasia are market leaders in

the provision of secure end-to-end solutions comprising

hardware, software and services for mobile

security applications.

This broad offering includes smart cards, secure

bureau, value added packaging as well as Host

Card Emulation (HCE), Near Field Communication

(NFC) and Trusted Service Manager (TSM) Solutions.

Our customer base comprises major banks,

government, mobile network and transit operators

in the Australasian region.

Investing in Liveability

for Australia

These days, it’s easy to be swept up by the

numerous English buzzwords that have

entered the global business vernacular

(‘synergy’, ‘mindshare’ and ‘organic’ come

to mind…). A recent, albeit relevant buzzword

relevant to transport and cities is

‘liveability’… but what makes a city liveable?

The International Centre for Sustainable

Cities in Canada defines it as

“an urban system that contributes to the

physical, social and mental well-being and

personal developments of all its inhabitants”.

In a world of increasingly dense,

urban populations, this is important to

consider.

The Economist’s Intelligence Unit annually

measures liveability in 140 cities, assigning

each “a rating of relative comfort for

over 30 qualitative and quantitative factors

across five broad categories: stability;

healthcare; culture and environment; and

infrastructure”. While all of these factors

are important, in the context of this

quarter’s industry focus, it is interesting

to consider how infrastructure contributes

to liveability in Australia.

Improving transport for liveability in Australia

requires creativity. One regional

example is the City for People initiative

implemented by council in the NSW regional

city of Wollongong. From 2014

until the end of 2015, the city launched a

consultative programme with its residents

about its city centre and coastal areas,

seeking recommendations from the public

about how to improve pedestrian access,

spaces for cultural events and transport

networks. The best knowledge comes from

the people who use transport every day,

so businesses and governments need to be

consultative and decisive to ensure that

taxpayer dollars are spent well.

Germany can also serve as inspiration for

transport solutions in Australia. Mass German

adoption of public transport has been

due largely to the establishment of ample

bicycle-parking facilities at railway stations,

coupled with effective, long-term

planning to keep bus and rail stops within

reasonable distance for pedestrians and

cyclists. Perhaps one of the most creative

recent solutions to encourage a shift

away from cars is the world’s first bicycle

autobahn. Intended to cover 100 kilometres

between Duisburg and Hamm. So far,

there are 11 kilometres of the highway,

with cities such as Frankfurt, Darmstadt,

Nuremberg and Berlin all planning their

own similar tracks.

Beyond travel between cities and regional

towns, there is also the matter of travel

within urban centres. Freiburg, in the state

of Baden-Württemberg, has long been recognised

as one of the world’s most liveable

and sustainable cities, since becoming the

first German city to ban cars completely in

its city centre. The initiative was extended

to include car-free pedestrian zones and

higher fees to discourage parking.

As Australian cities continue to expand,

with an ever-growing reliance on cars, we

must think of new ways to improve travel

And as urban populations increase in Australia,

reliable transport infrastructure is

of the utmost importance. Easier access to

health services, entertainment, work and

tourist destinations is crucial for liveability

now and into the future.

Written by Martin Feld, GACIC

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Singapore’s ITS vision: Smart Mobility 2030 Plan

Singapore, touted to be the most successful

city-state in South-East Asia, with an

area of 719 km 2 and 5.5 million inhabitants,

is one of the most densely populated

countries in the world. Despite this, welldeveloped

infrastructure and a meticulously

planned transport network allows comfortable

and convenient travel at affordable

fares. The Land Transport Authority (LTA)

is the government agency responsible for

past achievements and future investments

into the transport infrastructure and aims

to reach a peak hour public transport mode

share of 75% by 2020. Increasing population

figures and the rising numbers of

private car owners have revealed an even

greater demand for smart public transportation

solutions to cope with this population

clutter.

Today, Singapore offers highly advanced

public transport infrastructure enabling

convenient transfers between the different

modes of transport across the island,

such as Mass Rapid Transit (MRT), Light

Rail Transit (LRT), buses and taxis. While

there are currently five MRT lines in use,

the LTA is continuing to invest in construction

projects such as the expansion of the

North-East Line and Thomson-East Coast

Line which will connect two major lines of

Singapore. Future projects thereby are supposed

to balance capacity build-up with

livability and sustainability considerations.

This development of an intelligent and

adaptable transport system which uses

data to empower commuters and adjusts

to their needs, is an integral part of Singapore’s

strategy to become a “Smart Nation”.

The “Smart Nation Vision” harnesses modern

technology to improve the lives of citizens,

create more opportunities and build

a stronger community. This is achieved by

giving people and businesses increased access

to data and promoting innovative ideas

and solutions while the government antici-

pates citizens’ needs and leverages technology

to serve the demands. To accomplish

these goals, the “Smart Mobility 2030 Plan”

was introduced in 2014.

The “Smart Mobility 2030 Plan” is a jointly

launched strategic roadmap of the LTA

and the Intelligent Transportation Society

of Singapore (ITSS) which represents

the transport industry. The plan outlines

how the country will develop its Intelligent

Transport Systems (ITS) over the next

15 years. Singapore’s ITS vision “Moving

towards a more connected and interactive

land transport community” aims to create

an integrated transport system of people

and transport infrastructure that will ultimately

shape Singapore into a vibrant and

more encompassing community with a superior

travel experience.

Key strategies are to implement innovative

and sustainable smart mobility solutions,

develop and adopt ITS standards and to establish

close partnerships and co-creations

between public and private organisations to

further boost innovations.

The strategic guidance of the plan further

focuses on four key attributes of the smart

mobility solutions, namely informative, interactive,

assistive, and green solutions.

The basis of every ITS is consistent, accurate

and reliable data. Informative data can only

be gathered if cost-effective and innovative

traffic data collection is in place and

the collected big data is dynamically processed

and analyzed. This valuable information

will allow insights into transport trends

and travel behavior. This in return will allow

for improved planning and coordination of

further investments and scheduling.

By including smart mobile devices, transport

information services can be personalised

and interactive and hence take into

account the individual’s travel behavior and

preferences. Mobility-on-demand will allow

for flexibility while increasing productivity

as resources, such as cars, can be shared

among individuals. In addition, it is planned

to further integrate and ease the connection

of different modes of public transport.

Additionally, ITS will assist the individual in

coordinating with other traffic participants.

Systems and vehicles of tomorrow will be

connected and allowed to share information

with others. This will most likely increase

safety and productivity as the movement

of commuters will be in a compact

and systematic manner.

As land transport is one of the main contributors

to total carbon emission and air

pollution, a smart mobility concept needs to

include green measures to be sustainable.

As public transport is more efficient in moving

the masses as compared to private cars,

a shift to their increased usage is one aim

of the roadmap. In line with those efforts,

green vehicles which are less harmful to the

environment will be promoted, along with

walking and cycling to reduce environmental

pollution.

Singapore, with its highly-developed economy

and special city-state conditions, will

serve as a test-bed for new solutions and

be a role-model with its ambitious plans to

develop a smart mobility infrastructure for

other future smart cities.

If you would like more information on the

“Smart Mobility 2030 Plan” please visit the

LTA website (www.lta.gov.sg).

Written by Katja Münzer, Head of

DEinternational and Trade Promotions

www.sgc.org.sg

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Complete Lean Solutions was established in

2004 by Richard Pounder and Andy Kelsall who

between them have over 22 years’ experience

working at the home of Lean Thinking, Toyota.

CLS, working with both senior management

and front line members, will drive flow improvement

by removing process waste and instilling

a lean culture that focuses on key Lean

Values and Behaviours.

Vistaprint, supported by Complete Lean Solutions,

recently became the first Australian

company to be recognised for excellence by

receiving the Shingo Prize (Bronze) for Operational

Excellence. The strong focus on Lean

Values, found consistently at all levels, greatly

impressed the international auditors. Vistaprint

is the youngest, as well as the first Australian

company ever to have been awarded the prize.

Learn more by contacting us on

0488 722 568 , 03 9095 7520 or email us at

info@completeleansolutions.com

DB Engineering & Consulting GmbH (formerly

DB International) is one of the world’s leading

consulting and engineering companies.

The firm provides consultancy services in the

transportation sector, particularly in the fields

of railways and rapid transit systems.

The progressing globalisation and internationalisation

followed by associated changes in

the market and customer relationships have

resulted in an increasing significance of railway

services worldwide. Following this challenge

the Deutsche Bahn AG has decided to

provide its unique railway know-how in the

future through one single source, DB Egineering

& Consulting, covering project development

from the first concept through to its

realisation.

Since its foundation, DB Engineering & Consulting

has worked in more than 100 countries

involving more than 2,000 projects. Knowledge

of German technology is thus supplemented by

comprehensive experience gained on international

projects.

We’ve brought Australian practicality together

with the spirit of German design and craftsmanship,

putting you – the glasses-wearer – at

the centre.

Everything’s interchangeable, everything’s

recyclable. Precision Zeiss lenses are cut to

your prescription. Flexible lightweight universal

frames, pins and arms in the colours you

choose, giving you the freedom to create and

change your look.

Now in your neighbourhood. Wir sind Dresden.

The EU Centre on Shared Complex Challenges

is a public diplomacy initiative of the European

Union located within the Carlton Connect

Initiative (CCI), the innovation precinct at the

University of Melbourne.

Our program of research and outreach to industry

and policymakers is designed to foster

EU-Australia dialogue and collaboration

with significant focus on planning for climate

change and energy transitions and building a

global culture of innovation and entrepreneurship.

We facilitate partnerships between research,

industry and diplomatic spheres at our international

symposia, monthly seminars and

industry roundtables. German leadership in

climate and energy and innovation has been

highlighted at many of our prominent events

and we seek opportunities to connect German

and European research and business ideas with

key Australian practitioners, policymakers and

thought-leaders.

For information on upcoming events: www.eucentre.unimelb.edu.au

The EU Centre is co-funded by the European

Commission and the University of Melbourne.

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NEW MEMBERS

Mullins Lawyers is an independent Queensland

based commercial law firm with eighteen

partners and nearly one hundred staff. We

advise clients of all sizes on a broad range of

commercial matters.

Established in 1980, we have strong leadership,

excellent lawyers, a culture that focuses

on staff retention, a commitment to client

service, and a focus on innovation and continuous

improvement.

We employ lawyers with key legal, cultural

and language skills to conduct meetings and

produce correspondence that crosses international

boundaries. Mullins Lawyers is member

of international legal affiliations to have

first hand access to excellent and likeminded

lawyers around the world.

Our German born Consultant, Sabina Langenhan,

heads our European desk. Meetings and

correspondence can be conducted in German.

Mullins Lawyers produce regular eNews

Publications including for Business, Migration,

Hospitality, Intellectual Property, Insurance

and Sport (amongst others) all of which can

be downloaded from our website.

www.mullinslaw.com.au

Penske Power Systems (PPS) is a leading distributor

of the world’s finest diesel and gas

engines and power systems across the most

dynamic on and off-highway markets in Australia,

New Zealand and the Pacific.

We represent some of the most innovative

and well-respected brands in the industry, and

boast a product portfolio from MTU, Sauer &

Sohn, Detroit, Allison Transmission, Mercedes-

Benz and MTU Onsite Energy, as well as aftermarket

products from leading oil, coolant and

filter brands.

PPS represents and supports the product portfolios

of our Original Equipment Manufacturers

(OEM’s). This includes dedicated In house

Training and Application Engineering capability

via our long term strategic Distributor

Agreements.

PPS is fully owned by the international transportation

services company Penske Automotive

Group, Inc. (NYSE:PAG), and operates independently

to service its customer base throughout

Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific.

As a polymer specialist, REHAU is an international

leader in construction, automotive and

industry. Around the world, we offer our customers

innovative system solutions and outstanding

service from a single source. We are

directing our developments towards futuresignificant

topics such as energy efficiency, renewable

energy, water management, mobility

and future living. With approximately 20,000

employees at more than 180 locations, our independent

privately held corporation has assumed

a leadership role as an innovation driver

and solution provider.

REHAU – Unlimited Polymer Solutions.

IMPRINT

Maschinenfabrik Reinhausen is active in power

engineering and consists of Maschinenfabrik

Reinhausen GmbH (MR) and 31 subsidiaries

and affiliated companies globally. MR was

established in 1901 in Regensburg Germany

and patented the first On Load Tap Changer in

1926. MR is now the global leader in On Load

Tap Changer technology and voltage regulation,

employing the latest automated production,

manufacturing and testing techniques.

Tap changer manufacturing plants in Germany,

USA, India and China, are complemented

by sales and field service offices in Australia,

Malaysia, Indonesia, Italy, Canada, Iran, United

Arab Emirates, Luxembourg, Brazil, Mexico,

South Korea, Japan, Russia and South Africa.

Reinhausen Australia is the only registered certified

Premium Service Provider for MR OLTC`s

in the Australasia Region.

In 2011, R.STAHL GmbH Germany established a

full subsidiary in Australia located in NSW with

the capability of supporting industries needs in

stocked items, assembly and technical support

for solutions of electrical equipment in hazardous

environments.

Stahl Australia has since become the leading

supplier of hazardous area products nationally

with major clients in Oil & Gas (Upstream and

Downstream production) /Liquid Natural Gas

production / Petrochemical processing / Fertilizer

Manufacture / Explosives manufacture /

Pharmaceutical production / Coal Mining and

transportation / Power Generation / Shipbuilding

& Marine applications / Defense & Aviation

infrastructure (Onshore and Offshore) / Bulk

Materials Handling in the primary industries,

such as wheat, seeds and sugar.

In Australia Stahl has established capabilities

to handle: project front end engineering design

support , lighting design services, product

management, final engineering design, procurement

& scheduling, project management,

warehousing & logistics, ICEX workshop assembly

& production, quality assurance, factory

acceptance testing and produce final

documentation.

GermanAustralian Business News

is published quarterly by the German-

Australian Chamber of Industry &

Commerce and distributed free of

charge to members and selected nonmembers

in Australia and abroad.

Circulation: 1,250

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